WyDOT Gives Johnson County Commission Update On STIP

Johnson County's Commissioners.
Johnson County's Commissioners.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation (or WyDOT) gave a presentation to the Johnson County Commissioners at their last meeting, updating them on the State Transportation Improvement Plan (or STIP) for this year through 2020.

Mark Gillett, Engineer with District Four that includes Johnson and Sheridan Counties, gave the presentation, saying WyDOT will receive $627 million in Fiscal Year 2014 and will expend $352 million, or 56% of that amount on road and highway improvements.

Gillett also said with the increase in fuel taxes in the state last year, WyDOT is expecting roughly $195 million in total fuel tax revenue.
$183 million will go for entities and $12 million will go to the Leaking Underground Storage Tank (or LUST) mitigation program.
He said that Wyoming residents pay 47.5% of the fuel taxes in the state, and non-residents pay 52.5%.
WyDOT expects to be able to complete 13 projects in District 4 alone with the ten-cent fuel tax funds between 2014 and 2016.

Gillett said even with the increase in fuel tax funds, funding/cost scenarios still show WyDOT continuing to move from a Transportation Improvement Program to a Transportation Preservation Program.

STIP Funding in District Four was approximately $55 million in 2013, and is expected to top $65 million this year, but drop to just $49 million in 2015, according to the WyDOT report.

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