The Wyoming Department of Transportation will be closing ten rest stops by June 15 to save money in the face of a looming budget deficit brought on by the coronavirus and low energy prices.

That's over a quarter of the 37 rest stops currently operating across Wyoming. The closures will save the state almost $800,000 per year, as Wyoming faces a budget deficit estimated at around $1 billion over a two year period.

Gov. Mark Gordon announced the decision on Friday.

According to a news release from the governor's office, the ten rest areas scheduled for closure include the following;

Lusk on US 18; Guernsey on US 26; Greybull on US 14-16-20; Moorcroft on Interstate 90; Star Valley on US 89; Ft. Steele on Interstate 80; Sundance on Interstate 90; Upton on US 16; and Orin Junction and Chugwater, both located on Interstate 25.

The closures are expected to save the state a little over $197,000 from June 15 through Sept. 30. The moves will then save the state almost $790,000 annually.

 

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