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Bridge and slide repairs, pavement improvements set on Chief Joseph Scenic Highway

A $3.84 million highway improvement project is scheduled to begin this month north of Cody on Wyoming 296 (Chief Joseph Scenic Highway). The project includes $1.7 million in repairs to a slide in Paint Creek Canyon that began moving last May, repairs to the Pat O'Hara Creek bridge, and a 13.32-mile pavement rehabilitation project of Chief Joseph Scenic Highway from its intersection with Wyoming 120 to the top of Dean Indian Pass (milepost 33.20). Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer Todd Frost of Cody said prime contractor Oftedal Construction, Inc., of Casper is scheduled to begin work May 30, weather permitting, with scaling of loose rock in Paint Creek Canyon and epoxy deck overlay work on the Pat O'Hara Creek bridge. "One-way traffic will be moved over the Pat O'Hara Creek bridge with the use of traffic signals, and traffic will be flagged where the rock scaling work is taking place in Paint Creek Canyon," Frost said. Frost said the contractor is scheduled for slide repairs in Paint Creek Canyon from mid-June to August. "During the slide repairs, traffic will be carried on a one-way detour with traffic signals and flaggers. Traffic delays of up to 20 minutes are expected during this work," Frost said. The Paint Creek slide repairs are between mileposts 35.58 and 35.90, just east of Northwest College's A.L. Mickelson Field Station. The contractor's schedule calls for paving in August. During paving, traffic delays of up to 20 minutes with flaggers and a pilot car operation will be used. Chip sealing of the project is scheduled in June 2017. The Chief Joseph Scenic Highway project is between mileposts 33.20 (the top of Dead Indian Pass) and 46.20 (the intersection of Wyoming 296 and Wyoming 120). The Wyoming Transportation Commission awarded the $3.84 million project to Oftedal Construction, Inc., this month. The contractor's scope of work includes shoulder flattening, a 1 1/2-inch pavement overlay, a chip seal, and slide repair in Paint Creek Canyon, with new reinforced fill, the epoxy overlay of the Pat O'Hara Creek bridge and other work on 13.32 miles of Wyoming 296 (Chief Joseph Scenic Highway) north of Cody. WYDOT contact for this project is Resident Engineer Todd Frost, (307) 587-2220. #reboot #news