Casper, WY – According to the state officials, paving operations are scheduled to begin the week of May 15, 2023 in Crook and Weston Counties and will move west to Campbell, Johnson and Sheridan counties throughout the summer.
WDOT officials also said that paving operations are expected to be completed by mid-August – weather allowing.
This particular paving operation is performed by WYDOT Maintenance crews and is meant to repair existing roadways that may have been damaged due to snow removal, winter frost heaving, excessive ruts, and cracking.
The average lifespan of the top few inches of a paved highway is ten to fifteen years and depends on the type and volume of traffic.
Each year, area maintenance supervisors, their foreman, and district administrators meet to determine which roadways will be paved.
They look at the data, drive the road and look at the surface condition with a critical eye to determine which ones need to be paved.
One of the key determinants is whether or not the roadway condition provides safe travel for motorists.