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Editor: 

Once again we have another major wreck scenario on I-80 in the Laramie area. This scenario will continue on and on until our state recognizes the long-term fact that the current highway was poorly located, coupled with the fact that it is such a major transportation hub the inevitable is happening. Some years back Wyoming Department of Transportation proposed eight lanes of travel on I-80 and it becoming a toll road which was just a continuation of an already busted highway plan. I-80 crests a summit at over 7,000 feet which brings out the worst weather, like heavier snows and dense fog. At a WYDOT meeting I had asked and suggested an alternative which would be to widen US-30 to four lanes and bring it through Wolcott, the Hanna area, Medicine Bow, Rock River and Laramie or some variable continuing it on as a four-lane in a better manner onto I-25 or I-80 below the summit. It would help relieve congestion, revitalize many of the smaller towns mentioned, add local law enforcement for speed issues through these towns as well as provide a much needed alternative route off the worst stretches of I-80. I'm sure the state legislators are concerned about funding because it wouldn't garner the amount of funding a federal interstate would by the U.S. government, but considering the added funding from the increased state fuel tax, a certain amount of funding from the feds and the consideration of an additional tax of a half-cent a gallon on off-road diesel that pays nothing but sales tax, it would likely generate enough revenue to fund this highway proposal. I believe we owe it to the residents of our state, the trucking industry and those others that travel our state. How about it Governor Gordon and all the Legislature? Don't you think it's time to rectify a bad situation and help the economy of several towns that could surely use it? Let's make Wyoming great again, too!

ELMER JOHNSON, Casper

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