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South Federal Boulevard to undergo six-month reconstruction project
Riverton resident engineer from the Wyoming Department of Transportation Robert Scheidamantel, right, assisted Margaret Young and Bud Bintzler in seeing how the Federal Boulevard/Monroe Avenue project will affect their property when construction begins in March. Photo by Alejandra Silva

South Federal Boulevard to undergo six-month reconstruction project

Feb 25, 2014 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

The Wyoming Department of Transportation and the City of Riverton held a public meeting Monday at Riverton City Hall to talk about upcoming improvements at Federal Boulevard and Monroe Avenue.

Work is set to begin March 10, with completion scheduled for Sept. 30. The $5.07 million project includes concrete paving, curb and gutter work, new sidewalk construction, traffic signals, street lighting, and water and sewer system and storm sewer system installation along Federal Boulevard between Washington and Monroe avenues. Funding comes from a combination of city and federal money.

During Monday's meeting, WyDOT Riverton engineer Robert Scheidemantel said the "complex project" will require cooperation and constant communication between the contractor, WyDOT, residents and business or property owners, many of whom were present at City Hall.

"We do want to work with you," Scheidemantel said. "It's a short (distance), but it's got a lot going on with it."

Reiman Corporation of Cheyenne was awarded the project bid in November. They will begin work on the east side of South Federal Boulevard then move to the west side.

WyDOT will allow the contractor to shut down half of the northbound and southbound lanes of Federal Boulevard at Monroe Avenue at a time, allowing two-way traffic to remain on Federal. Scheidemantel said he expects to close the east half of Monroe Avenue at the Federal intersection, while the west portion remains open.

"If we can shut down completely, we can get in and out as quickly as possible," he said.

Work on the intersection will take 52 days -- including Saturdays -- to complete. During that time, the speed limit in the area may be lowered to 25 miles per, Scheidemantel said. Confirmed plans for those limitations are still in the works as WyDOT considers the 22,000 vehicles that travel through the boulevard every day.

Project managers also will work to maintain access to area businesses during construction. Left turn lanes and turn-ins to store fronts might be obstructed at times because there will only be two lanes open, but WyDOT will place signs in the area directing traffic to business accesses. No individual business signs will be used.

Scheidemantel also said pavement schedules will be discussed with each business owner to avoid interfering with any scheduled freight truck deliveries, for example.

While the project is ongoing, updates will be provided through social media, and weekly public meetings will be scheduled for 2 p.m. every Thursday at El Durango, 489 S. Federal Blvd. Any scheduling changes will be discussed at the meetings, and business owners can communicate any concerns or information.

"Those weekly meetings really are critical," WyDOT spokesman Cody Beers said.

He encouraged the community to be welcoming to the contractor, who could spend "a ton of money" in Riverton during the project. The contractor will need to hire local workers and determine whether the workers will stay in hotels or campers while they are in town.

"They'll turn their dollars around big time," Beers said. "It really depends on all of us to make that happen."

There will be no disruption in delivery of irrigation water without written permission, and the contractor will be advised of high traffic numbers during events in Riverton. Beers said no work will be performed on Memorial Day or Labor Day, or during the July 4 weekend. Work hours will run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, and the contractor can choose whether to work at night.

If any water or electrical interruptions are scheduled, the contractor will have to give 48 hours of notice prior to the interruption.

Beers said this is also a Tribal Employments Rights Office project because there is federal money involved, and the contractor will pay any TERO fees.

Residents were invited to contact WyDOT and city offices for additional information and paperwork on the project plan. City Hall can be reached at 856-2228.

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