We’ve all heard the saying “There are only two seasons in Wyoming: Winter and Road Construction.”

Well winter appears to be finally over so we’re entering the second Wyoming season – construction.

There are a variety of projects going on in our area right now so remember to slow down, leave earlier and watch your temper while traveling.

Starting last Friday, the WYO 120 project begins at the end of the concrete highway section (milepost 101.51) on the north edge of Cody and extends 7.59 miles to the top of Skull Creek Hill (milepost 109.10).

It consists of shoulder flattening with pit run gravel base, and placement of a one-inch hot plant pavement leveling course, a two-inch pavement overlay, and a chip seal finish.

Motorists should expect delays up to 20 minutes. The good news is this project should only take about a week depending on the weather.

Work is wrapping up on the Chief Joseph slide, which is scheduled to be completed by June 30. Remaining work, which began last month, includes paving, chip sealing, reclamation, trail and trailhead construction and fence work. Delays should be minor during this work.

Drivers through the East Entrance may face delays up to 30 minutes due to a project at Indian Pond, but the construction does not call for any road shutdowns.

The project is linked to the Fishing Bridge repair work that closed the approach to the main sections of the Park early last fall and will last throughout the summer.

There’s also a project underway in Meeteetse. It begins at milepost 6.06, about 6 miles west of Meeteetse, and continues 5.2 miles west to the end of the state-maintained section of WY290.

Work includes milling of the existing pavement surfacing, placement of pavement leveling, placement of pavement, a chip seal finish and replacing existing guardrail as needed. This project must be competed by Oct. 31. 

While these projects might be an annoyance now, they will make the roads we travel much safer in the long run.

Patience and common sense should rule during the days of construction.

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