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Busy week in roadwork begins Monday
Aug 19, 2013 - From staff reports
A variety of road maintenance projects around Fremont County will begin Monday with some of the work continuing into September. Officials said motorists should expect delays with much of the work.
Part of a $2.6 million contract highway patching operation is scheduled to begin Monday in Fremont County, according to Ben Steed, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Basin.
Patching already has occurred in Big Horn, Park and Washakie counties.
Highway patching efforts are dependent upon favorable weather.
The Fremont County project is scheduled on Wyoming 789 between Riverton and Hudson, Wyoming 135 (Sand Draw Road) between Riverton and Sweetwater Station, and U.S. Highway 20-26 east of Shoshoni near Moneta.
"This work is scheduled to take more than a week, and motorists should expect delays," Steed said.
Full-production asphalt paving is slated to begin Wednesday on 17 Mile Road southwest of Riverton on the Wind River Indian Reservation, according to Chris Offe, Federal Highway Administration project engineer in Riverton.
Crews from Western Wyoming Construction Co., and Shoshone and Arapaho Tribal Transportation paved a "test strip" of 500 tons of asphalt Thursday on 17 Mile Road near its intersection with Plunkett Road.
"With successful completion of the test strip testing, full-production paving will begin Aug. 21," Offe said. "This is a significant milestone on this project to improve traffic safety on 17 Mile Road."
Offe said paving operations are scheduled for five days a week, 10 hours a day, starting daily at 7 a.m.
"We have 50,000 tons of asphalt to pave, so it'll be a six-week job with favorable weather to complete paving," Offe said.
Asphalt is being hauled to the work zone from the North Fork Pit near Lander.
Shoshone and Arapaho Tribal Transportation workers are continuing placement and grading of crushed gravel base on the 17 Mile Road roadway. Gravel base is being hauled out of the 17-Mile Transfer Station Pit, located north of the waste transfer station on 17 Mile Road. Gravel work is continuing five days a week, 9.5 hours a day, starting daily at 7:30 a.m.
"Gravel work will continue until mid-September or until finished," Offe said.
"We'd like to remind drivers of 17 Mile Road to use caution driving through the work zones," Offe said. "It would be appreciated if drivers would drive at or below posted speed limits."
A $3.3 million contract chip sealing project is scheduled to continue this week at Riverton's west edge on U.S. Highway 26.
Prime contractor Riverside Contracting, Inc., of Missoula, Mont., is scheduled to chip-seal Friday on U.S. Highway 26 between mileposts 122.0 (2.5 miles west of Eight Mile Road) and 130.67 (where LeClair Canal passes under U.S. Highway 26 at Riverton city limits).
All work is dependent on favorable weather.
"All work will be controlled with flaggers and pilot vehicles," said Todd Frost, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Cody. "Motorists should expect traffic delays of up to 20 minutes during the contract chip sealing and sweeping operations. There will be night-time flagging and traffic movements with a pilot car with traffic delays while there are loose chips on the roadways."
On Monday and Tuesday, chip-sealing crews are scheduled for work on Wyoming 120 beginning at the end of the current highway improvement project northwest of Thermopolis (milepost 3.27) to milepost 17.03, and mileposts 32.00 to 38.20 (near Gooseberry Road (Wyoming 431). The crew is then scheduled for work Aug. 22-23 on U.S. Highway 14/16/20 directly west of Cody near the old Bronze Boot and continue to Trout Creek.
The contractor's scope of work includes chip sealing and other work on 111.24 miles of various roads in central and northwest Wyoming.
Contract completion date is Aug. 31.