CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) said on Tuesday that it has received “many reports this month across southeast Wyoming of people pushing snow into the traffic lanes of state highways.”
WYDOT reminded the public that pushing snow onto state roadways is illegal.
“State statute 36-10-401 stipulates that anyone who obstructs a public road or highway, common street or alley, public bridge or navigable river in a way that makes it inconvenient or dangerous to pass is breaking the law,” WYDOT said.
Violations can be punishable by fines up to $100 and/or jail time of up to three months.
“It is important to remind the general public that piling or depositing snow in WYDOT’s right of way not only reduces line of sight visibility, but also creates other hazards such as drifting and potential road obstructions,” WYDOT’s Laramie Area Maintenance Supervisor Eric Anderson said.
WYDOT District 1 Maintenance Engineer Tim Morton added, “large piles of snow adjacent to the roadway can melt and contribute to areas of unexpected slick spots, creating hazards on an otherwise dry roadway.”