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WYDOT reminding the public to not push snow onto state highways

The department is reminding the public of the hazards and consequences of pushing snow onto state roadways.


LARAMIE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Transportation is issuing a reminder that it is a violation of state law to place snow on state roadways.

In a release from WYDOT, the department states it has received many reports this month across southeast Wyoming of people pushing snow into the traffic lanes of state highways.

According to State statute 35-10-401 (b), those who, in any manner, wrongfully obstruct any public highway, or injures any bridge, culvert, or embankment, or injure any material used in the construction of any such road shall be fined in any sum not more than one hundred dollars ($100.00), to which may be added imprisonment in the county jail not more than three (3) months.

“It is important to remind the general public that piling or depositing of snow in WYDOT’s right of way not only reduces line-of-sight visibility, but also creates other hazards such as drifting and potential road obstructions,” Laramie Area Maintenance Supervisor Eric Anderson said.

District 1 Maintenance Engineer Tim Morton added, “large piles of snow adjacent to the roadway can melt and contribute to areas of unexpected slick spots, creating hazards on an otherwise dry roadway.”