FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
17-Mile Road temporary bridge opening delayed to Sept. 14
Opening of a temporary detour bridge over the Little Wind River on 17-Mile Road has been delayed to Tuesday, Sept. 14, according to Robert Scheidemantel, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Riverton.
“The opening of the bridge is being delayed due to erosion of the river bed, which required construction plans to be revised,” Scheidemantel said. “After revision of the construction plans, additional time was required to complete construction of the temporary bridge abutments.”
In the coming week, paving of the roadway detour route will be completed, and signing and guardrail will be installed.
Reiman Corp., of Cheyenne was awarded a $777,501 emergency construction contract by the Wyoming Transportation Commission on July 15 to install a temporary bridge over the Little Wind River at milepost 9.14 on 17-Mile Road, which is also known as Fremont County Road 334.
The permanent bridge was damaged beyond repair due to June flooding in Fremont County.
By contract, Reiman Corp., was given 28 working days beginning July 29 to complete work on the detour bridge, which would have allowed the detour bridge to open to two-way traffic by Sept. 8. The one-week delay means that the new opening date is Tuesday, Sept. 14.
“We realize many people are eagerly anticipating opening of this bridge, and we realize the 17-Mile Road corridor provides for many health and human safety issues for Wind River Reservation residents and other people,” Scheidemantel said. “We are working quickly and safely to open this detour bridge to alleviate the miles required to drive around this area.”
Reiman Corp., is responsible for removal of the existing Little Wind River bridge, construction of the detour, construction and placement of the temporary bridge, and other work at milepost 9.14 on Fremont County Road 334.
MEDIA: For questions about this news release, contact Cody Beers, WYDOT District 5 Public Involvement Specialist, at 856-1341.