State Route 258, 259, 270 and 28 in Wyoming
State Route 258 in Wyoming
State Route 258, also known as WYO 258 is a state route in the U.S. state of Wyoming. The road forms an incomplete ring road around the town of Casper and is 17 kilometers long.
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WYO 258 runs mainly along the south side of Casper and partly along the west side of the city. WYO 258 runs from US 26 in the west of the city to US 20 in the east of Casper. There is also a connection to Interstate 25 near the eastern terminus. The road varies from two to five lanes and partly has a center turn lane. On the south side of Casper one crosses several other state highways. The road leads partly through undeveloped areas and further mainly through the suburbs of Casper. On the eastern part is a large shopping mall along the road.
Although WYO 258 forms the ring road of Casper, it is of little importance for through traffic. The road mainly connects the various suburbs. Portions of the road are under the management of the city of Casper, but are still numbered WYO 258.
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The largest part counts between 9,000 and 11,000 vehicles per day. The busiest part is at the junction with I-25, which has 20,000 vehicles per day.
State Route 259 in Wyoming
State Route 259, also known as WYO 259 is a state route in the U.S. state of Wyoming. The road forms a short north-south route in the middle of the state, between Interstate 25 and the Midwest. WYO 259 is 29 kilometers long.
WYO 259 begins in uninhabited land at a junction with Interstate 25, 35 miles north of Casper. The road heads north through hilly steppe landscape and passes through virtually uninhabited areas. After 18 miles, the road ends at the village of Midwest on WYO 387.
The road was originally the route of US 87. In 1982, I-25 was opened in this area. This was the last section of I-25 in Wyoming to open. US 87 was then routed over the new I-25 and the old route was renumbered WYO 259.
In combination with WYO 387 and WYO 50 or WYO 59, the road also handles through traffic between Casper and Gillette.
Every day, 3,000 vehicles use WYO 259, a relatively large number.
State Route 270 in Wyoming
State Route 270, also known as WYO 270 is a state route in the U.S. state of Wyoming. The road forms a north-south route through the east of the state, from Guernsey to US 18 / US 85. The road is 118 kilometers long.
At the mining town of Guernsey, WYO 270 begins on US 26, about 15 miles east of Interstate 25. The road heads north, first through an area of mountains, later through a flatter steppe. The road leads through very sparsely populated area, there are only a few small villages on the route. The road crosses US 20 well west of Lusk. The road then continues north for over 20 miles to the hamlet of Lance Creek, where WYO 270 branches east and ends 15 miles away on US 18 / US 85, 35 miles north of Lusk.
The southernmost section between Guernsey and Hartville was numbered WYO 318 until the 1970s. The road was only built between Hartville and Manville in the 1970s, after which WYO 318 was renumbered here as WYO 270. The road is relatively long, but has little importance for through traffic. This traffic more often uses the slightly more easterly US 85 via Lusk.
Every day, 700 vehicles travel between Guernsey and Hartville and 300 vehicles continue as far as Manville. The northernmost section through Lance Creek has only 100 vehicles per day.
State Route 28 in Wyoming
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State Route 28, also known as WYO 28 is a state route in the U.S. state of Wyoming. The road forms an east-west route over South Pass in the southwest of the state, running from WYO 372 through Farson to US 287 south of Lander. WYO 28 is 155 kilometers long.
WYO 28 begins in uninhabited desert at an intersection with WYO 372 and then heads northeast through the Green River valley. The road leads at 1,900 to 2,000 meters above sea level and after 45 kilometers reaches the village of Farson, actually the only place on the route, where the US 191 intersects. There is some circular irrigation around Farson. WYO 28 then continues through very sparsely populated area northeast and along the south side of the Wind River Range. WYO 28 crosses the South Pass (2,259 m) here. Then you descend into a desert-like area and the road bends slightly to the north, to end 13 kilometers south of Lander on US 287.
South Pass has historically been one of the most important routes in Wyoming, as it avoided Native American areas while remaining a simple mountain pass. South Pass was discovered in 1812 by an expedition returning from the West Coast, and from 1848 became the preferred pass to cross the Rocky Mountains towards Oregon. At the pass there used to be mining sites such as South Pass City and Atlantic City where gold was mined. The South Pass is one of the lowest mountain passes on the Continental Divide. WYO 28 has been constructed over the South Pass since the 1930s. However, nowadays the road has less importance because there is no logical continuation towards the southwest. The road handles regional traffic, for example from Rock Springs to Lander in conjunction with US 191.
WYO 28 is lightly ridden. The westernmost section between WYO 372 and Farson has only 400 vehicles per day. The section between Farson and US 287, over the South Pass, handles 1,400 to 1,800 vehicles per day.