ROCK SPRINGS – People driving along Yellowstone Road near the Sweetwater Events Complex will want to slow down as long as the National High School Finals Rodeo is in town. Sheriff Rich Haskell confirmed today that beginning on Thursday, July 11, the speed limit along Yellowstone Road will be reduced from 45 miles per hour to 35 miles per hour through the duration of the rodeo, July 14 through July 20.
“As was the case last year,” he said, “what amounts to a whole new town of 6,000 to 8,000 people springs up at the Events Complex for a week, which results in a serious increase in traffic.” The change in the speed limit applies to Yellowstone Road from Killpecker Drive north to Front Nine Drive. County deputies, Rock Springs police officers, and Wyoming Highway Patrol troopers will be patrolling the area.
Haskell said special signs have been put up and the Rock Springs Police Department’s radar trailer will also be set up on Yellowstone Road to remind drivers of the change. “The change in driving time amounts to little more than half a minute,” Haskell said, “and we hope the payoff will be a reduced risk of crashes.”