Contracts totaling $12.5 million for 12 highway projects around the state were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during its March meeting in Cheyenne.
Cheyenne’s Knife River won the largest of the contracts with the low bid of nearly $4 million for rebuilding five miles of WYO 310 and 311 (Hightower Road) about three miles west of Wheatland.
The project will be a full-depth reclamation in which the deteriorating pavement will be ground up and left in place to serve as the base for a new layer of pavement. The work also will include replacing an aging timber bridge. Work is not expected to begin until late September, and the contract completion date is Oct. 31, 2014.
High Country Construction of Lander submitted the low bid of nearly $3 million for repairing a slide-damaged section of the westbound lanes of I-90 about 18 miles east of Buffalo. Unstable soil at the Crazy Woman Slide will be removed and replace with lightweight rock fill that will allow better drainage. Then the tenth-of-a-mile section of the highway affected by the slide will be rebuilt over the new fill. The contract completion date is Oct. 31.
Wilson Brothers Construction of Cowley was the low bidder at $1.4 million for work on 15 culverts to improve drainage along I-25 and WYO 196 and replace right-of-way fencing along nine miles of WYO 196. The project will extend 13 culverts on WYO 196 and line two deteriorating culverts on I-25 in Johnson County. The contract completion date is June 30, 2014.
Cannon Builders of Blackfoot, Idaho, won a $974,000 contract for rehabilitation of bridges on highways in Lincoln, Sweetwater and Teton counties by Oct. 31.
American Pavement Marking and Products of Layton, Utah submitted the low bid of $697,000 for installation of special pavement markings on highways in Natrona, Sweetwater and Uinta counties by Sept. 30.
Pab Good Trucking of Greybull was the low bidder at $616,000 for construction of a runaway truck ramp on US 14 in Shell Canyon about 27 miles east of Greybull. The ramp will separate gradually from the north side of the highway and consist of a 1,500-foot-long arrester bed of gravel 36 inches to 48 inches deep. The contract completion date is Sept. 30.
Also awarded by the commission during the meeting were contracts for:
- $576,000 to JM Concrete of Idaho Falls for rehabilitation of three bridges in Converse and Natrona counties by Oct. 31;
- $475,000 to Advanced Electrical Contracting of Sheridan for replacement of signal indications at locations in Casper, Torrington and Rock Springs by Sept. 30;
- $395,000 to S&S Builders of Gillette for repairs to the I-80 bridge over the Laramie River in Laramie by June 30;
- $163,000 to Kolbe Striping of Castle Rock, Colo., for thermoplastic pavement markings on highways in Big Horn, Fremont, Hot Springs, Park, Teton and Washakie counties by Sept. 30;
- $134,000 to American Pavement Marking & Products for thermoplastic pavement markings on highways in Lincoln, Sublette, Sweetwater, Teton and Uinta counties by Aug. 31; and
- $109,000 to Worland’s Hout Fencing of Wyoming, for installation of right-of-way fence along 1.5 miles of the Orin Way I-25 Service Road in Converse County by July 31.
Also at the meeting, Todd Seeton of Jackson and Bob Ruwart of Wheatland were sworn in as new members of the commission. They were appointed to the commission by Gov. Matt Mead and confirmed by the Wyoming Senate for six-year terms.
Ruwart will represent Goshen, Laramie and Platte counties on the commission, and Seeton, represents Lincoln, Sublette, Teton and Uinta counties.
Ted Ertman of Newcastle was elected commission chairman, and Bruce McCormack of Cody was elected vice chairman.