Highway improvements have restarted on the 3.11-mile Rattlesnake Ridge project east of Worland on U.S. 16, according to Dan McAfee, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Worland.
“The contractor is scheduled to begin the process of pavement removal, called rotomilling, this Friday, April 1,” McAfee said.
McAfee said prime contractor Oftedal Construction, Co., is working six days per week.
“The contractor will run a night shift on the deeper culvert installations. Motorists should expect speed reductions throughout the project, and traffic will be controlled with the use of pilot vehicles,” McAfee said. “Traffic delays will be minimal, but motorists should expect large equipment to begin crossing the roadway after April 1.
McAfee said paving operations are expected to begin in July.
The Wyoming Transportation Commission awarded the $6.43 million Rattlesnake Ridge project to Oftedal Construction Co., of Casper last August.
The project includes grading, draining, placement of crushed gravel base, asphalt surfacing, culvert extensions, fencing, signing and other work on 3.11 miles of U.S. 16, beginning at milepost 4.87 between Worland and Ten Sleep.
“The new highway includes two sets of passing lanes in the uphill sections of Rattlesnake Ridge, and new turning lanes will be built to accommodate the needs of industry and motorists,” McAfee said.
Contract completion date is Oct. 31, 2011.