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Bridge and Road work starting west of Riverton

(Riverton, Wyo.) - A $4.96 million highway/bridge improvement project kicked off this week west of Riverton on U.S. 26, and it includes major rehabilitation of the bridge over the Big Wind River. High Country Construction, Inc., of Lander is the prime contractor on the project which begins about a mile east of Diversion Dam Junction (milepost 99.62) and extends 5.06 miles (to milepost 104.68) toward Riverton, and work started Monday, Feb. 22, on the project. Current work includes extending three concrete box culverts. Improvements planned in the upcoming weeks and months include slope widening at the box culverts, bridge repairs at Winchester Draw and Big Wind River, installation of articulated concrete block on the south side of the highway near the Big Wind River to mitigate future erosion from floods, and an asphalt overlay and chip seal. "Expect single-lane travel with use of a traffic signal during the work on the Big Wind River bridge," said Wyoming Department of Transportation Resident Engineer Robert Scheidemantel of Riverton. "The asphalt overlay on the highway will begin after bridge work is completed." Completion date for the project is June 30, 2017. Project scope of work includes grading, draining, milling asphalt, placing crushed gravel base, asphalt paving, chip sealing, bridge rehabilitation, fencing and other work on 5.062 miles of U.S. 26 beginning at milepost 99.62 between Dubois and Riverton. #county10 #news