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US Routes 26/89 south of Jackson (WYDOT/YouTube)
US Routes 26/89 south of Jackson (WYDOT/YouTube)
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WYDOT Receives $20 Million For Damaged Roads

The Wyoming Department of Transportation has been awarded $20 million in federal funding to help recover repair costs for numerous Wyoming roadways damaged by natural disaster during the spring and early summer of 2011. The reimbursement was announced earlier this month by the U.S. Department of  Transportation. In total the state will receive $20.8 million to reimburse the state for work undertaken on an emergency or urgent basis at nearly 60 sites located in 13 counties.

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I-180 Overpass (Courtesy of WYDOT)
I-180 Overpass (Courtesy of WYDOT)
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Central Avenue Project Almost Finished

WYDOT Resident Engineer Don Fuller says work on the I-180 Central Avenue overpass project is almost finished, adding both lanes of the northbound bridge should open up on Friday, April 6th. Fuller says there may be a few daily lane closures over the next couple of weeks to accommodate follow up work on both the northbound and southbound bridges, but he says that work should cause only minor traffic delays.

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Snowmobilers in Yellowstone
Bill Schaefer,Getty
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Sales Tax to Benefit Yellowstone Proposed [AUDIO]

Some Western Wyoming lawmakers are proposing  a 1 cent sales tax to raise money for Yellowstone National Park. Amy Richards has a report. The Wyoming Department of Transportation's ''State Transportation Improvement Plan" has been issued on is available at the agency's website. Click past jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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WYO 70 Slide (Courtesy of WYDOT)
WYO 70 Slide (Courtesy of WYDOT)
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WYDOT Planning Highway Realignment [AUDIO]

WYDOT is planning realignment work next year for a portion of Wyoming Highway 70 that was damaged by a mudslide. Amy Richards has details. A new report from the Center for Rural Affairs says Wyoming is seeing a decline in rural areas among residents under 50. Deborah Smith of Wyoming News Service has details. Click past jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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(walcott junction WYDOT webcam)
(walcott junction WYDOT webcam)
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Highway Contracts Awarded [AUDIO]

WYDOT has awarded contracts worth 35.4 million for 10 highway projects . Amy Richards has details. You only have one more week to visit Yellowstone National Park,  according to park spokesman Dan Hottle. Click past jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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The original viaduct, completed in 1929, shown here on a period postcard.
The original viaduct, completed in 1929, shown here on a period postcard.
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WYDOT To Begin Work on Central Viaduct Monday [AUDIO]

On Monday, Oct. 24, WYDOT will begin repair on the southbound Central Ave. viaduct in Cheyenne. Crews will replace deteriorating concrete in both the north and south end abutments. Doug Randall reports. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and the Wyoming Department of Health says Wyoming's breast cancer screening rates are among the lowest in the nation. Click past the jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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Sean Gallup/Getty
Sean Gallup/Getty
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BLM Offers Lease Sale [audio]

Amy Richards has a report on a Bureau of Land Management coal lease sale that will offer the rights to mine an estimated 130 million tons of coal in the Powder River Basin later this summer. WYDOT District Engineer Jay Gould has released the state Transportation Improvement Plan project list for Laramie County. Click past jump to listen to Wyoming Radio News.

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WYO 130 (Courtesy of Wyoming Department Of Transportation)
WYO 130 (Courtesy of Wyoming Department Of Transportation)
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WY-130 Finally Open

One month and a day after they began, WYDOT crews from Laramie and Saratoga broke through historically deep and heavy snowpack on WYO 130. The alpine roadway between Centennial and Saratoga is now open for the season. WYDOT spokesman Ross Doman says the men worked 60 hour weeks. The last ten working days, dozers moved snow until midnight. Equipment dedicated to the high country snow removal campaign included three snow cats, four dozers, six rotary blowers, and two plows.Motorists are advised that these turnaround spots are open on WYO 130: Libby Turn Loop, Libby Flats Observation Area, Medicine Bow Peak Overlook, both East and West Lake Marie turnarounds, and the Silver Lake parking lot.

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Battle Highway near Baggs. (WYDOT)
Battle Highway near Baggs. (WYDOT)
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Battle Highway (WYO 70) Clearing Delayed by Slide

Wyoming Department of Transportation officials say Battle Highway (Wyo. 70) east of Baggs has slid out. About 300 feet of roadway dropped 15 feet.

The area is located above the road closure gate just west of the overlook at mile post 30. WYDOT will send a team of geology experts to assess the damage and determine timing and steps to repair the road. Ongoing slides in other areas of the state may delay their arrival until later in the week.

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WYDOT Crews Fight The Snow on Snowy Range Pass
WYDOT Crews Fight The Snow on Snowy Range Pass
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Wyo. 130 Over Snowies Won’t Open This Weekend

For the first time in memory, Wyoming Highway 130, the alpine highway between Centennial and Saratoga in southeast Wyoming, will not be opened by Memorial day weekend, WYDOT officials announced today.

"Mother Natu

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