July 12, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Bridge rehabilitation project begins in Hot Springs, Big Horn, Park counties
Rehabilitation of three bridges started this week in three counties in the Big Horn Basin, and motorists should expect traffic delays during the repair work, according to Bryan Strasser, Wyoming Department of Transportation project engineer in Worland.
Prime contractor Reiman Corp., of Cheyenne has started work on bridges in Big Horn and Hot Springs counties, while work in Park County is scheduled to begin July 22.
Temporary traffic signals are in place, with single-lane alternating traffic, currently at the Bighorn Lake causeway east of Lovell on U.S. 14A at milepost 56.89. "A 12-foot width restriction is in place, and motorists should expect traffic delays of three to five minutes," Strasser said.
Strasser said repairs to the concrete bridge deck are ongoing, and repairs are scheduled to be complete about July 18. "At that point, no traffic delays will occur until an epoxy overlay is placed on the bridge in September," he said.
Another set of temporary traffic signals are in place, with single-lane alternating traffic, at the railroad overpass bridge on U.S. 20/Wyoming 789 south of Thermopolis at milepost 128.47 near the Bighorn River. "Again, a 12-foot width restriction is in place, with delays of three to five minutes."
Strasser said concrete bridge deck repair, expansion joint replacement, new deck drain installation, and girder reinforcement is ongoing at the bridge near Thermopolis. "Improvements are scheduled to be completed in August, and the concrete barrier will be removed. An epoxy overlay on the bridge and installation of new guardrail is scheduled in September," he said.
The Shoshone River bridge (Corbett Bridge) on U.S. 14A is scheduled for repairs beginning July 22. The bridge is located at milepost 6.52 between Cody and Powell.
"This phase of work will include replacement of expansion joints on either side of the bridge, and work will include an epoxy overlay and maintenance of the bearing pads at a later date," Strasser said. "Construction will take place on half of the three-lane bridge at a time with one driving lane open in each direction."
During the improvements at Corbett Bridge, a 10-foot width restriction will be in place. "Larger loads will be able to pass through the project only with advance notification and coordination with the contractor," Strasser said.
The $1.8 million contract has a completion date of Oct. 31, 2013. The improvements include bridge rehabilitation on five bridges in Big Horn, Park, Washakie and Fremont counties.
WYDOT contact for this project is Resident Engineer Dan McAfee.
MEDIA: Questions about this news release may be directed to WYDOT Public Relations Specialist Cody Beers.