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Bridge ribbon-cutting ceremony set

Oct 13, 2012 - From staff reports

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new $1.05 million Mortimore Lane bridge is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 15, at the bridge south of Lander.

Project work officially started in March at the south edge of Lander, according to Erik Smith, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Lander.

Smith said the roadway and bridge will be opened to traffic and pedestrians when the contractor completes guardrail installation on each end of the bridge.

The bridge connecting the west end of Mortimore Lane to Sinks Canyon Road (Wyoming 131) was washed out during the high water/flooding conditions of the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River in 2010.

Funding for construction of Mortimore Lane bridge is being provided by federal Emergency Relief Funds (90.49 percent), and the State of Wyoming through the Office of Homeland Security (9.51 percent).

Cannon Builders, Inc., of Blackfoot, Idaho, is the prime contractor on the bridge construction project over the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River. The Wyoming Transportation Commission awarded the project to Cannon Builders, Inc., in February.

Construction activities have included grading, draining, placing crushed gravel base, asphalt paving, construction of the bridge structure, and other work on Fremont County Road 20 (Mortimore Lane) beginning at reference marker 2.25 in the Town of Lander.

WYDOT's contract with Cannon Builders, Inc., calls for a completion date of Nov. 30.

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