Mild winter advances Willwood bridge construction

(Big Horn Basin) -Construction of a new bridge across the Shoshone River in Park County is running ahead of schedule due to mild winter conditions throughout the Big Horn Basin. [image: SlettenWillwood1.jpg] The new $3.447 million Willwood bridge construction and road realignment of Park County Lane 14 is scheduled for completion Oct. 31. Mild winter conditions have allowed prime contractor Sletten Construction, Inc., of Great Falls, Mont., to work through the winter without a winter shutdown, according to Wyoming Department of Transportation project inspector Stuart Eckhardt of Cody. The project is being funded by 90 percent federal funds through WYDOT's Bridge Replacement Off-System Program and 10 percent by Park County. The new Willwood bridge is located about 200 feet downstream of the existing structure on the Willwood Dam. The new bridge, when complete, will be 28 feet wide and 420 feet long. The roadway will include two 12-foot driving lanes with two two-foot shoulders. The new bridge will be about 60 to 70 feet above the Shoshone River. As part of the project, the roadway is being realigned to meet the new bridge. A new 12-foot by 12-foot box culvert has been placed in the Willwood Canal, and the new roadway will be built over the box culvert, paved and chip sealed. [image: SlettenWillwood2.jpg] Local traffic is currently being carried on the existing roadway and structure without delay. When the new bridge opens this summer, the existing structure over the Willwood Dam will remain in place and will be closed to normal traffic. #reboot #news