CASPER - Road construction will reduce the Poplar Street Bridge over the North Platte River to two narrow lanes beginning Monday, April 12 (weather permitting) as crews begin the work of putting a new deck on the bridge.
Traffic will be reduced to a single lane in each direction for the duration of the project, estimated to be completed by the first week of July. Initially, traffic will use the outer two lanes while crews install temporary concrete barriers. Wide-width vehicle detours will be posted. Access to Yellowstone Highway will be restricted: right turn onto Yellowstone from northbound Poplar Street, and right turn only onto Poplar Street from Yellowstone. No left turns onto Yellowstone from Poplar will be permitted.
Additionally, access to the Platte River Parkway multi-use path will be closed beginning Monday, April 19 while crews remove the bridge deck. Access to the river underneath the bridge will also be restricted for the same reason. Those closures will be posted at the site and are only temporary.
This project will create congestion at the Poplar-First Street intersection. Motorists are encouraged to consider alternate routes to avoid delays during construction.
This project is one of 21 bridges throughout District 2 to be rehabilitated this year. Work is being performed by Build Inc., of Salt Lake City at a combined cost of $5,149,947.50. Funding for these projects comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.