Expect delays on U.S. 16

Hannah Gross, NLJ Correspondent

Drivers should expect short delays on northeast Wyoming highways because the Wyoming Department of Transportation Dist. 4 annual chip sealing project has started, according to a press release from WYDOT Dist. 4. 

The district’s public relations specialist, Laura Dalles, said work in Weston County will begin July 28 on U.S. Highway 16 from mile markers 241 to 246, weather permitting. The following day, the chip sealer will run from mile markers 250 to 259. Additionally, part of old U.S. Hwy 16, which is now Newcastle’s Main Street, will be sealed that day, according to Dalles. 

If there are no malfunctions or weather delays, she said, it should be a quick process. 

“It’s a pretty fluid project,” Dalles said. 

In addition to Weston County, Bituminous Paving Inc. has been contracted to chip seal the highways in Sheridan, Johnson, Campbell and Crook counties, totaling 75 miles. This estimated five-week project, according to the release, will help increase traction and preserve the roadway. 

“Pilot cars will escort motorists through work zones at lower speeds so as not to kick up gravel that could potentially result in broken windshields. Motorists are advised to also avoid the black asphalt emulsion and to maintain a respectable distance behind the car ahead of them,” the press release states. “As with any work zone, motorists are asked to obey all traffic control and eliminate any distraction.”

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