WYDOT Travel Information Service (Laramie)
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Wyoming Travel Information Service
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Cheyenne, WY 82009-3340

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Term Description
Chain Law Click here to view the two levels of restriction associated with Wyoming's chain law.

No Unnecessary Travel: The road is open but travel is not recommended due to hazardous driving conditions. Generally, this advisory is posted during winter months due to extremely icy conditions, when visibility is limited due to blowing snow, or when a combinations of conditions makes travel ill-advised.

Only the most urgent of situations should warrant travel in a No Unnecessary Travel advisory. Drivers who attempt such travel should be familiar with local conditions and be very experienced with winter driving.

Please keep in mind that by choosing to travel during hazardous conditions, you may be interfering with maintenance personnel and their efforts to improve highway safety.

Special Note: Oversize loads are not permitted to travel when a no unnecessary travel advisory is issued. An en route load may proceed to (or return to) the nearest parking area or town. At no time shall the load continue beyond these points unless approved by the Wyoming Highway Patrol.

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.

Partial Closure: The road is closed to some but not all vehicles or the road is closed in only one direction (for example only northbound traffic is permitted). This type of closure can include no trailer traffic, closure to light, high-profile vehicles, and local traffic only.

Local Traffic Only: In some cases, a road may be closed to through-traffic but commuters and local residents may be permitted to travel. In these cases, WYDOT will issue a "Local Traffic Only" restriction. When this is in effect, local residents and commuters are permitted to travel within the designated area without a WYDOT Authorized Travel authorization code.

Rolling Closure: Ensuring roadway safety is WYDOT's top priority. The small towns along Interstate 80 have limited resources in terms of parking, fuel, hotel rooms and other amenities. When a town is at capacity, which can happen during a long-duration closure, the closure will be rolled back to the next town to avoid stranding travelers in a location without adequate services. The road may be open in the direction leading away from the affected area. WYDOT attempts to make accommodations for travelers who do not put a demand on an affected community's resources by issuing local traffic only restrictions and through the WYDOT Authorized Travel program (https://wat.wyoroad.info/REWAT/wat).

Black Ice: A thin coating or glaze of ice on the road that is particularly dangerous as it may appear to be a film of water or may not be visible/discernible at all.

No Trailer Traffic: The No Trailer Traffic restriction is used exclusively on WYO 22 (Teton Pass) and is used at times when snow and ice combine with the terrain to make stopping of trailers difficult or impossible.

Falling Rock: The falling rock advisory is used on sections of roadway that pass through rock cut sections. Such sections are prone to scaling of rock during freeze-thaw periods though rock falls may happen at any time of year.

 
Dry: The road is free of puddles and standing water.
Wet: There are puddles and standing water present; spray coming off cars.
Slick: Long, continuous sections of icy or snow packed roads. Greater than 50% of road section is icy or snow packed.
Slick in Spots: Short, non-continuous sections of icy or snow packed road. Less than 50% of road section is icy or snow packed.
Drifted Snow: Drifts of any size that cross the white line and cause a driver to feel a bump or a pull on the steering wheel.
Slush: Partially melted ice or snow at least one inch deep and sufficient enough presence in the travel lane as to potentially cause a driver to experience difficulty with directional control of their vehicle. (This condition report is currently being tested in southwest Wyoming only)
 
Snow: Snow in excess of an isolated or occasional shower with the potential to stick to the road surface.
Rain: In excess of light showers with potential to make the road surface wet.
Strong Wind: Wind gusts of 40 mph with ANY road condition.
Fog: Fog that may impair visibility.
Blowing Snow: Snow propelled by the wind across or along the road surface at least 1 foot above the ground.
Reduced Visibility: Visibility less than 400 feet for any reason.


Impact Description Conditions/Advisories
Low: Minimal impacts expected, use general caution. Dry roads, wet roads, snowfall, rain and falling rock.
Moderate: Some impacts expected, use extra caution. Stay alert for changing road and weather conditions. Slick in spots roads, drifted snow, slush, strong wind and fog.
High: Dangerous impacts expected, use extreme caution, delay travel or consider alternate route. If travel is necessary, slow down and allow extra time. Slick roads, blowing snow, reduced visibility, black ice, no unnecessary travel, extreme blow over risk and chain law 1 & 2.

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