WYDOT is hard at work keeping roads as safe as possible

Published: Apr. 10, 2019 at 4:33 PM CDT
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The Department has been hard at work keeping us safe.

"safety is huge for WYDOT our number one priority." Said Mark Gillett, the assistant chief engineer for operation at WYDOT.

when winter weather hits, WYDOT has plans set up to address the storm conditions.

With a meteorologist on staff and the transportation management center, they can figure out if it needs to move resources around or if resources need to remain put.

When storms are taking place mainly in one area, WYDOT may move snow plows and people to different areas of the state so it's able to better maintain the roads in areas where the weather is worse.

While there are cameras in place to look at the road conditions, snow plow drivers are able to communicate directly with the transportation management center so decisions can be made.

"and they do communicate with TMC and it's the folks that are out there in the snow plows that make the decisions to close a road or to put on a warning such as the chain law or hazardous conditions etc."

Wyoming Highway Patrol also says it works closely with the transportation management center to make sure it's aware of any hazardous conditions highway patrol troopers see out on the roads.