Cheyenne, Wyo. – Heavy snows in the Snowy Range in southeastern Wyoming will prevent the state transportation department from clearing the road across the mountains by its traditional opening date on Memorial Day weekend.
Wyoming Department of Transportation crews began clearing Wyoming 130 from both the Saratoga and Laramie sides of the mountain range earlier this month. Additional snow has fallen every day on the workers.
The department says crews have encountered heavy snow drifts up to 20 feet deep. Progress has only been about half as fast as in past years and crews have frequently been called off to prepare for likely flooding and plow snow elsewhere.
District Engineer Jay Gould says the state will continue working to clear the road and will open it when it can.