Wyoming Department of Transportation
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Dirt work scheduled on U.S. 14A five-lane highway project east of Cody

Date: 08/08/2013 


Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013

Dirt work scheduled on U.S. 14A five-lane highway project east of Cody
U.S. 14A dirt work is tentatively scheduled to begin Aug. 19 on the $12.3 million highway improvement project on Cody's east edge, according to Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer Todd Frost in Cody.

About 3.5 miles of U.S. 14A will be widened to five lanes with a continuous turn lane and eight-foot shoulders. This project is the final section in a long-term series of projects to widen 24 miles of U.S. 14A between Cody and Powell.

"The contractor is scheduled to be mobilizing equipment to the project area next week, with dirt work starting the week of Aug. 19l," Frost said."

When working on the project, the contractor will be required to maintain two-way traffic throughout the project without delays -- except for one flagger station -- between 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. and between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. "This flagger station will stop traffic just long enough to allow ingress and egress for haul of contractor-furnished materials on and off the project," Frost said. "The remainder of the time the cumulative delay of 10 minutes maximum will be allowed."

Oftedal Construction, Inc., with offices in Miles City, Mont., and Casper, is the prime contractor of the Cody East Section highway improvement project.

The Wyoming Transportation Commission awarded the U.S. 14A project to Oftedal in May.

Oftedal's scope of work includes grading, draining, milling of existing asphalt pavement, placing pit run subbase and crushed gravel, asphalt paving and paving of asphalt wearing course, chip sealing, removal and replacement of the Sage Creek bridge, installing concrete pavement, installing roadway lighting and electrical work, and installing guardrail, fencing and other work on 3.45 miles of U.S. 14A and Wyoming 114 beginning at milepost 2.20 (West Cooper Lane) between Cody and Powell.

Weekly project update meetings open to the public are being held at 1 p.m. Tuesdays at the Wyoming Department of Transportation office in Cody.

The contractor will not work on the roadway portion of the project between July 1-5, 2013, or July 1-5, 2014.

By contract, no more than two miles of the existing roadway surface is allowed to be disturbed at one time. The contractor is not allowed to work on Cody Canal crossings and irrigation between April 1 and October 31 unless written permission is given by Cody Canal officials.

Contract completion date is Oct. 14, 2014.

WYDOT contact for this project is Resident Engineer Todd Frost, (307) 587-2220.

For information about this news release, contact WYDOT public relations specialist Cody Beers at (307) 431-1803.

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