Nov 2, 2015

County doubles the number of striped rural roads

Staying in your lane should now be a little easier on some rural Park County roads.

Hoping to make some of its statistically more dangerous roads a bit safer, county officials recently added yellow centerlines to more than 60 miles of roads around Cody, Powell and Clark.

Park County recently added yellow centerlines to a number of roads, including these along Lane 8. Cody News Co. photo by CJ Baker
The project — almost entirely funded with federal dollars — cost $57,841.20.

Traffic data suggests that adding center stripes reduces crashes by close to a third (around 33 percent) and “if the program saves one life or prevents any serious crashes, it was well worth it,” said Assistant Park County Engineer Jeremy Quist.

The county officially closed out the striping project at a recent commission meeting.

Commissioner Tim French said the county has received some good comments about the new dividing lines, which were added by Cody contractor Pavement Maintenance Inc.

“It surely helped on the Lower Southfork (Road),” said Commission Chairman Joe Tilden. “Keeps everybody over on their proper side of the road.”

The addition of some new double-lines does mean there are fewer places to legally pass.

“People were driving too fast and passing where they shouldn’t be, in my opinion,” Quist explained. He said he tried to allow for as many passing zones as were safe.

Prior to the project, the only county roads with centerlines had been Lane 9, Road 2AB, Road 3LE (a.k.a. the Lower Greybull Road) and Road 6WX (a.k.a. the main Southfork Road).

Now, portions of the following roads also have stripes: Road 1AB, Road 2BC, Road 3DX, Road 3EX, Road 5, Road 6QS (a.k.a the Lower Southfork Road), Road 6UU, Road 6WXE, Lane 8, Road 8H, Lane 10, Road 11, Lane 11, Lane 11H and Lane 20.

The federal High Risk Rural Road Program covered 90.5 percent of the cost of adding the new centerlines, with Park County paying 9.5 percent (about $5,500).

The county got the funding through the Wyoming Department of Transportation in late 2013, but, because several of those roads were chip sealed last year, the work didn’t take place until this summer, Quist said.

Maintaining the new stripes will cost somewhere between $13,000 and $20,000 a year, depending on whether they’re freshened every two or every three years, Quist said. The county is responsible for the maintenance.


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