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More work starts this week on five-lane highway project east of Cody

Date: 10/09/2013 


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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

More work starts this week on five-lane highway project east of Cody
Clearing, grubbing, and topsoil stripping are under way this week, along with continuing bridge work on the Sage Creek bridge, 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.
Citizens should expect traffic delays of up to 10 minutes.
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 commuting-time 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, and traffic will be led through the work zone with pilot vehicles."

About 3.5 miles of U.S. 14A is being 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 starting more work on this project this week," Frost said. "In addition to the clearing, grubbing and topsoil stripping this week, the contractor plans to begin installing irrigation pipe next week along Park County Road 2DA, as well as other irrigation and drainage pipe crossings across U.S. 14A from Beacon Hill Road to about milepost 4.5, which is a mile east of Sage Creek bridge."

Frost said the pipe locations will be patched with temporary pavement after they are installed underneath the roadway. "Except for the pipe crossings, the existing highway surface won't be impacted by the road improvement efforts at this time," he said.

Frost said the contractor also plans to begin excavating between Beacon Hill Road and the Sage Creek bridge on the south side of U.S. 14A. "The contractor is scheduled to begin building dirt fill on the north side of the road between County Road 2DA and U.S. 14A by East Cooper Lane," Frost said. "The contractor will also start building dirt fill along the shoulders of the existing highway from Sage Creek bridge to the east end of the project at milepost 5.65."

Work on the first stage widening of the Sage Creek bridge is also progressing. "Weather permitting, the contractor plans to pour the first stage of the bridge deck this Thursday, Oct. 10," Frost said.

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

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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