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Chip seal to resume Friday near Devils Tower, Sept. 8 on Highway 50

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Now that heavy motorcycle traffic for the Sturgis Rally has concluded, Wyoming Department of Transportation is resuming chip seal operations in northeast Wyoming.

The department and its contractor, Bituminous Paving Inc., had taken a required two-week break to accommodate that traffic, an Aug. 25 news release said. Now, they’ll get back to the project, which is supposed to help increase traction and preserve roadways, the release said.

The department announced the following upcoming projects in the release:

  • Aug. 26 and 27: WYO 24 near Devils Tower
  • Aug. 29 to Sept. 1: US 16 in Moorcroft
  • Sept. 6: Kingsbury section of I-90 between mile markers 96.10 to 100.8.
  • Sept. 8 to 12: sections of WYO 50 from Gillette to Savageton and US 16 A Business Route and portions of US 16 in Newcastle.

Schedules are weather-dependent. Motorists should expect short delays in these areas.

Pilot cars will escort motorists through work zones at lower speeds to help avoid kicking up gravel that could break windshields. Motorists should avoid the black asphalt emulsion, keep distance from vehicles they follow. They should also obey traffic control and eliminate distractions.

The department said Newcastle residents on US 16A Business Route from South Railroad Avenue to the US 16 Bypass Intersection should remove any vehicles from the street to allow the department and contractor to complete chip sealing. Otherwise, vehicle owners must pay towing expenses.