The Wyoming Department of Transportation plans to add 19 additional highway projects over the next year using funds from the fuel tax increase. The 10-cent increase per gallon went into effect on July 1 and is projected to bring in an additional $47.5 million in revenue a year.
WYDOT’s Dave Kingham says projects funded by the fuel tax revenue will focus on preserving Wyoming’s existing highways.
“The Legislature’s directive, when they passed the increased fuel tax, was that this money be used to maintain the existing system, rather than adding lanes or building new highways,” says Kingham. “So that’s the kind of projects we’re looking at. It’s going to be pavement overlays, chip seals and projects like that.”
Kingham reports that WYDOT is looking at starting more than 50 new projects over the next three years.
Preliminary work has already begun on the first project to be paid for with the added fuel tax revenue. McGarvin-Moberly Construction has begun crushing rock for new pavement on a 10-mile section of Wyoming Highway 28 south of Lander, which is set to be paved in teh spring.