- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) - The Wyoming Highway Patrol is sending more troopers to patrol a highway through the booming oil patch in the Powder River Basin.

Traffic on Wyoming Highway 59 between Gillette and Douglas has surged more than 40 percent over the past year. Oil production in the area has doubled over the past five years.

The Highway Patrol began assigning additional troopers to the highway in October to try to reduce speeding, aggressive driving and illegal passing.

Ten troopers already patrol the 100-mile stretch of highway. The Gillette News-Record reports (https://bit.ly/1wTd8cQ) the Highway Patrol plans to send special details of up to eight additional troopers two to three times a week.

Highway Patrol officials say the additional troopers will come from the Casper and Torrington areas.

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Information from: The Gillette (Wyo.) News Record, https://www.gillettenewsrecord.com


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