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VA law prevents utility shutoffs in extreme circumstances; MI construction industry responds to a high number of worker suicides; 500,000 still without power or water in the Houston area; KY experts: Children, and babies at higher risk for heat illness.

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The House passes the SAVE Act, but fails to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in inherent contempt of Congress, and a proposed federal budget could doom much-needed public services.

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Enticing remote workers to move is a new business strategy in rural America, Eastern Kentucky preservationists want to save the 20th century home of a trailblazing coal miner, and a rule change could help small meat and poultry growers and consumers.

WYDOT gets grant for Wind River Canyon corridor study

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Wednesday, July 10, 2024   

Wyoming's Wind River Canyon corridor turns 100 years old this year, and federal grant money will soon support a study on potential improvements. The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced $1.8 billion for infrastructure projects nationwide, including more than $1.6 million for a resilience and feasibility study in the Wind River Canyon corridor. The windy road links northern and southern Wyoming through the remote Big Horn Basin.

Cody Beers, senior public relations specialist with the Wyoming Department of Transportation, said everyday during the summer, about 5,000 vehicles travel the road, which is tough to maintain.

"It is a route that is fraught with rockfall, landslides," he explained. "It basically makes its own weather."

Weather and vehicle accidents often close the road, Beers said, and alternate routes are either 85 or 150 miles out of the way. Project partners include the towns of Thermopolis and Shoshoni, as well as the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes on the Wind River Reservation, through which the road also passes.

Many tourists use the scenic route, according to Beers, but it's also a vital route for people who live in the communities near it, including his own family. Beers added that his son and daughter-in-law live on one side of the canyon and are due to have a baby in a hospital on the other side.

"This canyon thoroughfare is very important to livelihoods, families, businesses, tourists, anybody using it to get from one community to the other. And we really believe that an alternate route is worth exploring," he continued.

WYDOT is interested in exploring an alternate route, Beers said, potentially a little-used road east of the highway, connecting the small towns of Lysite and Ten Sleep.


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