Each month, the Sublette
County Sheriff’s Department and Wyoming
Highway Patrol write hundreds of citations;
the majority are speeding tickets, especially
on Wyoming U.S. Highway 191 and U.S.
Commissioners discussed potential locations
where road speeds should be reconsidered
during the Sept. 3 Sublette County
Commissioners’ meeting. All five commissioners
were in attendance including
Chairman David Burnett, Doug Vickrey,
Tom Noble, Joel Bousman and Mack Rawhouser.
Among the areas of concern was U.S.
Highway 189 from the fairgrounds into
Big Piney. Currently, the limit follows the
70-mile-per-hour speed limit, then drops to
50 at the edge of town and immediately drops
to 35 at the Marbleton municipal limits.
Rawhouser said gradually lowering the
speed near the fairgrounds for traffic into
the town might be a better idea. He added
there are numerous industrial businesses,
Highway 351 and the airport with traffic
slowing to turn off the highway.
Another area recommended for possible
evaluation is U.S. Highway 189 from the
intersection with U.S. Highway 191 into
Vickrey said the area has a large number
of moose and very few vehicles ever slow
down from the posted 70 miles an hour to 35
miles going through Daniel’s main street.
Another road is the newly paved Meadowlark
Lane. The road is a county road and
has numerous school bus stops.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation
has mandated statutes enabling
local authorities to establish speed limits.
The rules allow commissioners to set speed
limits in their jurisdictions but not on state
The rules also propose a speed survey
using a radar device and measuring speeds
of at least 50 passing vehicles in both directions.
A bell curve is assimilated by engineers
to determine the speed used by the
most number of drivers on a section of road.
The study recommends setting a posted
speed that is used by the majority of drivers
– not too slow to cause inconvenience
to drivers and not too fast to create unsafe
“To be generally effective, speeds should
be consistent with speeds that drivers feel
are safe and proper,” the document states.
“Speeds should also take into account roadway
features, traffic characteristics and
Darin Kaufman, district traffic engineer
out of Rock Springs, said he has received
several requests for reduced speeds in the
past year from Sublette County residents.
However, to review the speeds he needs to
have a written request from the governing
entity – such as the Sublette County Commissioners
– submitted to the district engineer’s
office in Rock Springs.
As for county roads, speed limits are
up to the county but the guidelines for
completing a traffic study are included on
the WYDOT website.
The last study completed in Sublette
County was on US Highway 191 through
Pinedale in 2016. That study resulted in
some speeds going into town being dropped.
“It’s a fairly quick process depending on
weather,” Kaufman said.