Evanston, Wyo. The Wyoming Department of Transportation will get jump on the spring construction season, beginning with work on Interstate 80 East of Evanston at two locations and some bridge repairs near the Bridger Valley.
Road repairs and new chain-up areas
WYDOT will begin work on two new chain-up areas and road repair between milepost 7 and milepost 9 outside of Evanston, and also at the Fort Bridger Interchange at milepost 34.74. Construction operations are tentatively scheduled to begin the first week of April.
The $6.2 million dollar project was awarded to HK Contractors. The project will provide two new chain-up areas for motorists and truck drivers.
“If we expect truck drivers and motorists to comply with the chain laws, we must be able to provide them with a place to do it. That is the purpose of this project,” Resident Engineer Charlie Bauer commented.
The work will include grading, draining, new pavement and wetland area modification. The project will also include the construction of a scale house, weight scales and other electrical and miscellaneous work at the Fort Bridger Interchange.
One of the bigger features of this project is the 17 tower lights we will be installing—15 around Evanston and 2 at the Bridger Interchange to assist truckers and motorists while they put on and take off their chains.
The project will provide parking for 50 trucks on the eastbound side of the Evanston location, 10 trucks for the westbound side of the Evanston location, and 111 trucks at the Bridger Interchange.
The traveling public will see little impact, but will be subject to temporary lane closures during the day and decreases speed limits to 65 MPH for about 1.5 miles.
The work is scheduled to continue through the summer and next spring, with the completion date set for June of 2013.
Bridge rehabilitation and repair
WYDOT has also focused its attention on a district-wide effort to maintain bridges across Southwest Wyoming. Some of those bridges will see work as early as April.
Cannon Builders, Inc. will be rehabilitating and upgrading bridges at two locations on Interstate 80 between Evanston and Green River, near the Bridger Valley.
Work will take place on the eastbound bridge at milepost 46.56 and on the westbound bridge at milepost 48.30. The work will include resurfacing the bridge deck, milling and chipping out old concrete and adding a new layer of pavement.
The work on both bridges will be done simultaneously, and traffic will be limited to single lane across the bridge while the work is in progress. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the summer.
WYDOT would like to remind drivers to slow down in work zones, be alert and cautious of roadside workers.