The Wyoming Department
of Transportation is working with engineering consultants to develop a
plan to improve safety along state Highway 220 south of Casper in the central
part of the state, The Casper Star Tribune reported recently.
The section that runs
from Casper to Lake Alcova is known for a significant number of accidents.
The newspaper reported
that in late July, the department showed members of the public a plan to
expand the two-lane road into a four-lane divided highway. The new lanes
would run along a nearly 12-mile stretch south of Casper.
The plan has been around
for a while. A February 2002 statement from WyDOT noted that Highway 220
was among a group of highways selected in 1999 to be widened to four lanes.
The proposal included 10 stretches of highway across the state totaling
more than 400 miles.
WyDOT listed the level
of truck traffic as a consideration in the expansion.
If the state does move
ahead with the project, design and construction would begin in 2004, The
Star Tribune reported; completion of the entire expansion would not
come until 2009.