WYDOT works to open Snowy Range Scenic Byway

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CHEYENNE, Wyo (WYOMING NEWS NOW) - Snowplows are now clearing the roads at snowy range scenic byway.

The Snowy Range scenic byway is a popular destination for tourists from around the world. The byway route rises from 8,000 ft on the valley floor to almost 11,000 ft. above sea level. The crew is gearing to open the roads to excited visitors.

Crews start from both the Laramie and Saratoga sides and will meet in the middle.

WYDOT's task crew uses 50,000 pound large rotary plows to clear the snow. They expect the task to take around 2-4 weeks to clear the 29 mile portion of Wyoming Highway 130.

Since there's less ice, they're finding snow is easier to move this year.

Once they finish clearing the snow, the crews will focus on road construction and maintenance. They will also fill potholes and repair guard rails.

WYDOT Public Relations Specialist Matt Murphy says, "Our crews have been out here for a few weeks now. they use large rotary plows which are kind of like large snowblowers and other heavy equipment like regular snowplows which helps get off all the snow and ice for the season."

WYDOT plans to have the roads open to the public by Memorial Day Weekend.