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WYDOT snow removal operations shares priority routes for this season

Published: Dec. 30, 2020 at 7:44 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

WYDOT released their plans for snow plow service operations for the 2020-2021 winter season, and not too much has changed. Although lack of manpower is a consideration this year, they still have a detailed plan of attack for winter storms as they occur in the cowboy state.

Public relations specialist for the Wyoming Department of Transportation, Cody Beers, stated “That state funding pot in a bad winter can get to nearly zero. That’s a difficult thing for us, because it limits the amount of work we can do in the summer in some respects.” Like all state agencies, it’s all about balancing the budget.

So far we’ve had a mild winter in most of Wyoming, which helps that state funding pot to be in a better place to balance the budget for matching dollars on federal funds, maintaining and replacing equipment, and maintaining roadways. “When you see one of these yellow trucks on the road, those are state funds, and we have a limited amount of state funding,” added Beers. Some of that funding goes toward snow removal, and

“When it snows in Wyoming, our guys are out there battling, it’s a downright war with these plows against the winter storms. We’re doing our best; Our guys do a great job, and we take a lot of pride in clearing our roadways every year, but we are looking harder at budgets. We’re maintaining our roads as well as we possibly can considering the funding shortfalls,” noted Beers.

Roads are cleared in a leveled system, like every year, all the way down to a few seasonal closure roads.

“We’re still out there, we’re still removing snow, during school days we’re out there twice a day before school, and before the buses run in the afternoons.”

Cody Beers, WYDOT Public Relations Specialist

For a detailed look at the snow plowing plan, it can be accessed by clicking here: www.wyoroad.info.

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