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Fri May 28, 2010
WYDOT works to clear mountain passes
By Molly Messick
Laramie, Wyo. – Department of Transportation plowing crews are working to clear the state's mountain passes. The alpine section of U.S. 14A through the Big Horns opened earlier this week.
In southeastern Wyoming, Snowy Range Road is the challenge. WYDOT spokesman Dave Kingham says the snow is as deep as 16 feet in some places. And he says it includes layers of ice, which are difficult to cut through. "This has been a tougher than usual year," he said. "The amount of snow they ended up having to deal with was higher than usual and the conditions while they've been working on it have been worse than usual, and also the condition of the snow, I guess you would say."
Kingham says plows have been running 16 hours a day for the last three weeks to clear that stretch of WYO 130 just past Centennial. It's expected to open Saturday afternoon. After that, crews will move on to Battle Pass, between Encampment and Baggs.