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Wyoming rest stops to get more Wi-Fi access

May 18, 2017 - From staff reports

The Wyoming Department of Transportation is finding new ways to provide connections for the traveling public.

New partnerships with telecommunications companies has added to the number of rest areas, welcome and information centers throughout the state at which Wi-Fi is available.

The newest locations with Wi-Fi are the rest areas located at Chugwater, Dwyer Junction and Orin Junction, all on Interstate 25 between Cheyenne and Casper.

WYDOT partnerships with the telecommunications companies means Wi-Fi service at these locations is provided at no cost to the public.

Wi-Fi will also soon be available at rest areas at Independence Rock, southwest of Casper on WYO 220 and both the westbound and eastbound Bitter Creek rest areas, 41 miles east of Rock Springs on I-80, said Mark Gillett, WYDOT assistant chief engineer for operations. Those will likely be completed within the next 12-18 months.

"We are always watching for opportunities to partner with companies that may allow us to get Wi-Fi at a new location," said Keri Bohlmann, WYDOT utilities and design software support supervisor. "WYDOT would like to get Wi-Fi at all of our rest areas."

Additionally, Wi-Fi is available at the Southeast Welcome Center, on I-25; the Northeast Welcome Center and the Sheridan Information Center, both on Interstate 90. The connection in those locations is provided by the Wyoming Office of Tourism.

For more information, contact WYDOT Senior Public Affairs Specialist J.L. O'Brien at 307-777-4439 or j.obrien@wyo.gov.
 

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