Highway Patrol to Open Elk Mountain Division

Cheyenne, WY – Increasing traffic has the Wyoming Highway Patrol creating a new patrol division based in Elk Mountain. Troopers that patrol roads in the Elk Mountain, Saratoga, Hanna, and Medicine Bow areas are currently under the Rawlins Division. But WHP Sergeant Steven Townsend there's been more calls for service on Interstate 80 and other roads in the area recently. Townsend says drivers will not notice more patrolling with this new division. He says they aren't adding personnel to the area, just making internal adjustments to make operations run smoother. Townsend says calls for service in the area will be answered more promptly because of this change. He says troopers will no longer be forced to drive to Rawlins and back just to file paperwork.