I-80 In Wyoming Thru Thursday

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IDMtnGal 's Comment
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I love when Wyoming has nice weather. However it's due to pick up.

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Laura

PJ's Comment
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Ouch, I have only been across there 1 time and have no plans to go back. It was last March and road closed at Cheynne for snow. I’ll stay in the midwest and south. Ya’ll up there stay safe.

PackRat's Comment
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I heard parts were closed again.

65+ times for partial closure this Winter.

Amber L.'s Comment
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So when they close the i80 to lightweight high profile vehicles. Does anyone know what weight is the cutoff?? I read they can hand out tickets for continuing but I couldn't find an exact weight.

Thank you

Amber L.'s Comment
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This is from the WYDOT website https://www.wyoroad.info/Highway/definitions.html

They don't define what weight is a "lightly loaded commercial vehicles "

Closure to Light, High-Profile Vehicles: In locations where wind gusts are 60 mph or more AND where adequate signage to indicate the limited closure is available, WYDOT will initiate a closure to light, high-profile vehicles. This type of closure may also be initiated when conditions are very icy but the wind gust threshold is less than 60 mph. The closure is targeted at vehicles that are prone to being blown over or being blown off the road such as recreational vehicles, moving vans, campers, small trailers and lightly loaded commercial vehicles but smaller vehicles pulling trailers are also included in this restriction. Drivers of vehicles that fail to heed this type of closure will be considered in violation of Wyoming Statute 24-1-109 and 'shall be subject to a fine of not more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00) or to imprisonment for a period not to exceed thirty (30) days, or to both such fine and imprisonment.'

Research shows that when wind gusts exceed 60 mph, there is almost certainty that multiple vehicles will be blown over or be involved in a loss of control type of crash. These crashes most often result in debris on the highway that results in a road closure to all vehicles. It is important to note that WYDOT does not have adequate signage to implement a closure to light, high-profile vehicles in all locations. Additional sites may have wind gusts exceeding 60 mph and pose a significant risk of blow over. In these locations, WYDOT will indicate 'Extreme Blow Over Risk' on our information systems and drivers should exercise special caution.

Extreme Blow Over Risk: In locations where wind gusts are 60 mph or more and where adequate signage to indicate a closure to light, high profile vehicles is NOT available, WYDOT will issue an Extreme Blow Over Risk warning. This type of warning may also be initiated when conditions are very icy but the wind gust threshold is less than 60 mph. The warning is targeted at vehicles that are prone to being blown over or being blown off the road such as recreational vehicles, moving vans, campers, small trailers and lightly loaded commercial vehicles but smaller vehicles pulling trailers are also included in this restriction.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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