The Wyoming Department of Transportation’s crews have a busy construction season planned for 2012. With eyes set on the spring to begin work, a few projects are in the forefront for Sweetwater County.
Residents of Superior will see improvements such as milling, leveling and a new overlay on the Superior Road north from I-80 through Superior. Construction will commence in the spring, weather permitting. Travelers should expect delays during daylight hours, as traffic will be reduced to single lane travel under the direction of flaggers and pilot cars.
Interstate 80 will see an upgrade next spring near the Tipton Road interchange between milepost 154 and milepost 162, west of Wamsutter. Improvements will include milling, leveling and an overlay. Traffic will be reduced to two lanes and speeds will be decreased to 65 mph for the 8-mile project. This is a two-year project and has been awarded to McMurry Ready Mix, out of Casper. The Tipton Road project will also include construction of a truck parking lot in Wamsutter just north of I-80 and east of McDowell Trucking.
The town of Wamsutter will continue to see improvement in the coming year with construction of a pedestrian/bike pathway for residents with funding from WYDOT.
Rock Springs residents traveling on the South Belt Road will see some improvements made to the bridges near the Highway 430 crossing, on the Southeast part of town. Other work to be done will include bridge deck repair and structural repairs among other miscellaneous upgrades.
More information will be released on these projects once a tentative schedule of construction and detour routes becomes available.
During the coming year WYDOT will also be providing funds to Sweetwater County for dust control work on the JY Road, Lagoon Road and Crooks Gap Road.
2013 Bridge Work
A bridge replacement and bridge improvements will begin the following construction year in 2013 at the intersection of US 191 South and Interstate 80. The first bridge off exit 99 that travels over I-80 is scheduled for replacement. The next two bridges traveling south on US 191, one over the railroad tracks and the other over the Bitter Creek, will be widened and rehabilitated. The three-mile section of US 191 that stretches over the bridges will be widened with additional lanes, creating a turning lane to accommodate an increase in traffic flows. The project will extend from exit 99 off I-80 to the Rock Springs landfill.
In addition to these projects, there will be district-wide circuitry upgrades to communication equipment in the Green River and Rock Springs I-80 areas.