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Mortimore Lane bridge replacement starts
A worker on Thursday cleared debris in preparation for the installation of the new Mortimore Lane bridge, which will happen during the summer. Photo by Anne McGowan

Mortimore Lane bridge replacement starts

Mar 25, 2012 - Staff

Preliminary work started March 19 on the $1.05 million bridge construction project on Mortimore Lane at the south edge of Lander, according to the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

"We're expecting the majority of the construction work on the new bridge and roadway to begin in mid-May and continue throughout the summer," Erik Smith, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Lander, said in a statement released last week.

The bridge connecting the west end of Mortimore Lane to Sinks Canyon Road (Wyoming 131) sustained heavy damage during the high water and flooding conditions that hit the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River in summer 2010.

Cannon Builders Inc. of Blackfoot, Idaho, is the prime contractor on the bridge construction project over the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River in Lander.

The Wyoming Transportation Commission awarded the project to Cannon Builders in February.

Construction activities include 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 city of Lander.

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

Funding for construction of Mortimore Lane bridge comes mostly from federal Emergency Relief Funds (90.49 percent) and the State of Wyoming through the Office of Homeland Security (9.51 percent), according to the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

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