WYDOT sends more crews to Rawlins area

Rawlins, Wyo. – The Wyoming Department of Transportation has bolstered its snow removal operations in the Rawlins area.

Extreme wind and blowing snow conditions so far this winter have been causing frequent road closers, especially on Interstate 80.

WYDOT spokesman Dave Kingham says the equipment now working from just east of Walcott Junction to about Fort Steele includes 14 plows, bulldozers or road graders trying to keep the roads open.

In all, about 22 pieces of equipment are working to keep 100 miles of interstate open from Rawlins to Laramie. Even large rotary plows used on mountain passes have been put to work.

WYDOT spokesman Ross Doman says eight more plow operators were temporarily assigned to Rawlins this past weekend to help out.