Construction barrels will mean work for local companies through 2017

(Gillette, Wyo.) Road work may slow down your summer vacation plans this year, but it means area contractors will have projects to keep them busy through the end of next year. The Department of Transportation had over $12 million in projects approved by the DOT Commission this month. Seven projects, including three that will be funded through increased fuel tax revenue, are slated to begin work soon. S & S Builders of Gillette won the largest of the contracts, a $3.9 million project to complete minor repairs to 22 bridges in Campbell, Crook, Johnson, Sheridan and Weston counties. The completion date is estimated to be in October of 2017. Earth Work Solutions of Gillette will also be working on a project in Crook County. They'll be doing grading and drainage work on Highway 24 embankments between Hulett and Alva, to re-align and re-establish the creek channel. That's scheduled to be finished the end of this October. Two companies from outside Wyoming will also be working on local roadways this summer. About 75 miles of road will have to be chip sealed in Campbell, Crook, Johnson, Sheridan and Weston counties. Motorists may see some delays due to the construction in the following areas: - 18.4 miles on Highway 51 from Gillette to the east side of the Campbell County line - 6.6 miles of Highway 59 north of Gillette in the vicinity of Weston - 8.74 miles of Highway 111 from I-90 to Aladdin - 7.6 miles on Highway 112 north of Hulett - 10 miles of work on French Creek Road, northwest of Buffalo, and Klondike Road, south of Buffalo - 9.2 miles on Highway 331, starting in Sheridan and heading west - 8.3 miles on US 16 from the east side of Newcastle to the South Dakota state line - 6.5 miles on Highway 116 south of Upton Also: 6.92 miles on US 16 starting at Osage and heading west toward Upton will be microsurfaced. WYDOT will pay for this project with revenue from the 10-cent fuel tax increase. It should also end some time in September. #county17 #news