FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Highway improvements begin between Basin and Greybull
An asphalt pavement overlay, slope safety improvements, and deer delineator installation to enhance driver safety are part of a $2.55 million project under way between Basin and Greybull on US 16/20/WYO 789.
McGarvin-Moberly Construction Company of Worland is the prime contractor.
The Wyoming Transportation Commission awarded the bid to McGarvin-Moberly in May. The project is being funded through federal transportation stimulus funding.
“The contractor has mobilized equipment to the project and stripped topsoil on some of the fill areas,” said Ben Steed, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Basin. “Trucks are currently hauling dirt from the Peter’s Pit, and traffic may encounter short delays when flaggers stop traffic to allow the haul trucks to enter the highway.”
Project work includes 4.99 miles of asphalt pavement leveling, a two-inch asphalt overlay, and a chip seal finish.
The second part of the project includes grading and draining and pulling old non-standard guardrail on eight areas between Greybull and Basin. “The work consists of extending the pipes and hauling fill dirt to build flatter slopes and safety shoulders in these eight areas,” said Steed.
The third part of the project involves installing mirror deer delineators on both sides of a 5.95-mile stretch of the highway. “These deer delineators are enhancing safety in other parts of our district for the traveling public and wildlife,” Steed said. “We’re hopeful we can cut the number of wildlife-vehicle collisions between Basin and Greybull with this project.”
The Basin-Greybull highway improvement project includes grading, draining, placed crushed gravel, asphalt pavement leveling and surfacing, guardrail, installing deer delineators and other work between Greybull and Basin in Big Horn County.
Steed said the project has a completion date of Oct. 31, 2010, but “the contractor’s schedule shows completion this summer.”
MEDIA: For questions about this news release, contact Cody Beers, WYDOT District 5 public involvement specialist, at 856-1341.