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Federal Boulevard improvements to begin Monday

Mar 10, 2014 - From staff reports

Traffic patterns are scheduled to begin changing Monday on South Federal Boulevard in Riverton with the beginning of a $5.04 million highway improvement project.

The Federal Boulevard and Monroe Avenue intersection reconstruction project is scheduled to begin Monday just north of the junction. Orange traffic cones and barrels and two-way restricted traffic will become the norm through the spring and summer as the intersection and roadway between Monroe and Washington avenues are reconstructed.

The prime contractor for the project is Reiman Corp. of Cheyenne.

Aspects of the project include concrete paving, curb and gutter, sidewalk and a new traffic signal at the intersection ($2.9 million); new water and sanitary sewer lines ($918,000); a new storm sewer system ($760,000); and new street lighting along South Federal Boulevard ($460,000).

Most of the funding for the project is coming from federal highway funding, but Wyoming Department of Transportation and City of Riverton funding are also being used to help reconstruct the section.

"Reiman Corp. and its excavation subcontractor (Archer Construction of Riverton) plan to begin by shifting traffic Monday on Federal to the west side of the street from Monroe Avenue to Washington Avenue," said WyDOT resident engineer Robert Scheidemantel of Riverton. "This activity will include closing the two east lanes and part of the center-line of Federal Boulevard. Two-way traffic -- one lane northbound, one lane southbound -- will be maintained at all times during this transition and subsequent construction."

Scheidemantel said while the east lanes of South Federal Boulevard are closed, "the contractor will be removing the existing pavement in order to replace the existing water and sewer systems. New curb and gutter, sidewalks, and water and sewer facilities will be installed before the new concrete paving."

Access to businesses will be maintained and clearly signed at all times during highway improvement activities, Scheidemantel said.

Citizens, business owners and media are invited to attend a 2 p.m. work meeting every Thursday at El Durango, 489 S. Federal Blvd. The first public meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday.

Contract completion date is Sept. 30.

Social media updates also are available on the Federal Boulevard/Monroe Avenue project Facebook page and through Twitter at #RivertonWyStreets.

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