State Route 450, 487, 530, 585 and 77 in Wyoming

By | October 28, 2022

State Route 450 in Wyoming

SH 450
Get started Wright
End Newcastle
Length 66 mi
Length 107 km
Route
Wright

Newcastle

According to bestitude, State Route 450, also known as WYO 450 is a state route in the U.S. state of Wyoming. The road forms an east-west route in the northeast of the state, between Wright and Newcastle. WYO 450 is 107 kilometers long.

Travel directions

The State Route 450.

WYO 450 begins just outside the village of Wright at an intersection with WYO 59 and heads east through an area of ‚Äč‚Äčlarge-scale mining. The road usually runs at 1,200 to 1,300 meters above sea level over barren steppe. There are no places between the start and end of the road, which leads through a lonely landscape. Few important side roads are crossed. On the edge of the Black Hills, WYO 450 ends just outside Newcastle on US 16.

History

Not much is known about the history of WYO 59. Before the 1970s there was hardly any traffic because mining in the Powder River Basin had not yet started, so there were no destinations of interest on or in line with the route.

Traffic intensities

1,300 vehicles drive daily in the mining area near Wright, but only 500 vehicles further on to US 16 near Newcastle.

State Route 487 in Wyoming

SH 487
Get started Medicine Bow
End WYO 220
Length 72 mi
Length 115 km
Route
Medicine Bow

State Route 487, also known as WYO 487 is a state route in the U.S. state of Wyoming. The road forms a north-south route through the center of the state, from Medicine Bow to WYO 220 south of Casper. WYO 487 is 115 kilometers long.

Travel directions

The road begins in Medicine Bow on US 30. Medicine Bow is actually also the only place on the 115 kilometer route. The road heads north through a barren and desolate desert landscape. The differences in height on the route are generally limited, the road usually runs at an altitude of 2,000 to 2,200 meters, except for the northern part, which runs somewhat lower at 1,600 meters. Midway through the route, WYO 77 forms an alternate route. WYO 487 terminates about 15 miles southwest of the town of Casper at WYO 220.

History

WYO 487 originated in this area in the mid-1970s and was a renumbering of WYO 75. The road only serves one town, but has some through importance for traffic between Laramie and Casper. Traffic from Cheyenne usually takes I-25.

Traffic intensities

Between 300 and 400 vehicles use WYO 487 every day.

 

State Route 530 in Wyoming

SH 530
Get started Utah state line
End Green River
Length 45 mi
Length 73 km
Route
UtahGreen River

State Route 530, also known as WYO 530 is a state route in the U.S. state of Wyoming. The road forms a north-south route in the southwestern part of the state, from the Utah state border to Green River. WYO 530 is 73 kilometers long.

Travel directions

The road begins on the Utah state border near Manila, where State Route 43 joins Utah. The road then heads north through the desert past Flaming Gorge Reservoir, a large reservoir located half in Utah and half in Wyoming. There are no other places on the route for more than 70 kilometers to the town of Green River, nor are there any significant side roads to cross. The desert is sloping to slightly hilly. One then reaches the town of Green River from the south, after which WYO 530 is a five-lane road with center turn lane. In Green River, the road crosses a shunting yard with an overpass and ends at WYO 374.

History

WYO 530 is especially important for tourism, to the Flaming Gorge Reservoir. The road was widened to 2×2 lanes in Green River in 1996.

Traffic intensities

Every day, 500 to 900 vehicles drive through the desert south of Green River. In Green River itself, the road is busier with 12,000 to 17,000 vehicles per day.

State Route 585 in Wyoming

SH 585
Get started Four Corners
End sundance
Length 28 mi
Length 45 km
Route
Four Cornerssundance

State Route 585, also known as WYO 585 is a state route in the U.S. state of Wyoming. The road forms a north-south route in the northeast of the state, between Four Corners and Sundance. WYO 585 is 45 kilometers long.

Travel directions

WYO 585 splits off US 85 at Four Corners, then heads northwest through a valley in the wooded Black Hills. The area becomes flatter towards Sundance. There are no places between the start and end point, but there are several ranches. In Sundance one crosses Interstate 90 and the road ends in the center.

History

WYO 535 was established in 1933, presumably in anticipation of a later renumbering to US 585, which never took place.

Traffic intensities

Every day, 700 to 900 vehicles drive between Four Corners and Sundance.

State Route 77 in Wyoming

SH 77
Get started WYO 487
End WYO 487
Length 22 mi
Length 36 km
Route

According to biotionary, State Route 77, also known as WYO 77 is a state route in the U.S. state of Wyoming. The road is an alternate route to WYO 487 north of Medicine Bow and is 36 kilometers long.

Travel directions

WYO 77.

Between Medicine Bow and Casper, uninhabited WYO 77 provides an alternate westbound route to WYO 487, the main thoroughfare in the area. The road is asphalted but does not pass through any place or hamlet. There are also no facilities, ranches or installations along the road. The road connects some unmade county roads in the isolated countryside of this part of Wyoming.

History

The road was originally numbered WYO 487, when the current WYO 487 was numbered WYO 75 in this area from the early 1970s. Shortly thereafter, WYO 487 was rerouted over the upgraded eastern route, and the old route was renumbered WYO 77.

WYO 77 has hardly any use for through traffic or destination traffic, since there is practically nothing that is accessible by the road. The road is not kept open in winter due to the very limited amount of traffic.

Traffic intensities

WYO 77 is believed to be the least traveled state highway in Wyoming. Only 20 vehicles use the road every day.

State Route 77 in Wyoming