Rock Springs, Wyo. The Wyoming Department of Transportation will get jump on the spring construction season, beginning with work on sections of I-80 East of Rock Springs. Construction operations are tentatively scheduled to begin this week near the Tipton Interchange between milepost 154 and 162.
The $17 million dollar project was awarded to Ready Mix Company, out of Casper, last October. The project will affect interstate traffic in the area for the next two years and will include new pavement on both lanes.
“The project includes grading and drainage work at the Tipton interchange area, rotomilling the existing pavement surface, bridge rehabilitation, and placing multiple layers of new pavement throughout the project,” Resident Engineer Leslie Ranta said.
Contractors will be working in the median at several locations this week in preparation for single-lane traffic as they work on the eastbound lane. The westbound lanes will see work next season in 2013. The eastbound lane is scheduled for closure on April 13, tentatively and weather permitting. The traveling public will then be moved into two-way traffic on the westbound lanes.
Motorists I-80 East of Rock Springs near the Tipton Interchange should expect to see single lane roadways with slower speed limits during the daytime hours.
The Contractor plans to have the eastbound lane reopened to traffic by the end of August this year and work will resume on the westbound lanes next spring.
WYDOT would like to remind drivers to slow down in work zones, be alert and cautious of roadside workers.