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WYDOT: Summer paving projects to begin mid-May

Road construction season is around the corner with summer paving operations to begin in Crook and Weston counties starting the week of May 15, according to WYDOT.

WYDOT maintenance crew paving a portion of I-90 west of Sheridan. (WYDOT)

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Road construction season will begin soon in Campbell, Crook, Weston, Johnson and Sheridan counties, according to the Wyoming Department of Transportation.  

The season will start in Crook and Weston counties starting the week of May 15 before moving west to Campbell, Johnson and Sheridan counties throughout the summer. All paving operations are expected to be completed by mid-August, per WYDOT. 

As paving projects are completed, crews will need to close travel lanes, set up detours and employ flagging operations to redirect traffic out of the work lane as it is being completed, according to WYDOT, which adds that some of these road sections could be up to a mile long. 

“It is important for motorists to slow down and move over when they encounter any maintenance, construction, and utilities workers and vehicles when traveling on Wyoming’s interstates and highways,” WYDOT says. 

Wyoming has adopted a Move Over law, which requires motorists to slow down and move over when encountering emergency, utility or disabled vehicles pulled over on the side of Wyoming roadways, according to WYDOT. 

“When a construction, maintenance, or utility vehicle is stopped on a road with two or more lanes in the same direction, motorists must move to the farthest lane away from the stopped vehicles,” WYDOT says. 

On two-lane roads where speeds meet or exceed 45 mph, motorists are required to slow down to 20 mph below the posted speed limit, according to WYDOT, adding that motorists can be fined $235 for failing to move over.