Cody streets/sidewalk improvements suspended until September

The Wyoming Department of Transportation and prime contractor Mountain Construction Co., of Lovell have elected to suspend work on a $1.95 million highway improvement project in Cody until September. The suspension of work will be effective the week of June 12, and work will be rescheduled to resume about Sept. 1, 2016. "The contractor has encountered a broken water line and water issues in front of Buffalo Bill Center of the West in the last week and these have caused delays. These issues will prevent work from being completed by June 15," said WYDOT Resident Engineer Todd Frost of Cody. "Increased late-spring traffic has also caused delays for equipment and trucks throughout the project. The increased traffic has also caused significant delays for motorists during peak hours." Frost said this weekend's Field of Honor and visit by Wyoming Secretary of State Ed Murray, and the June 18-19 Plains Indian Museum Powwow, also led to the suspension of highway improvements between 10th Street and Cody Labs on U.S. 14/16/20 in Cody. "The contractor will complete all work, except wearing course pavement, adjustment of manholes and water valves, and some replacement of damaged concrete, prior to suspending work," Frost said. "These items will be completed beginning around Sept. 1." WYDOT specifications mandate wearing course pavement to be placed on highways by Sept. 15 due to expected onset of fall and winter weather. "Traffic control will be removed in the next few days, and the project will be cleaned up for the summer tourist season," Frost said. "We apologize for the inconvenience of this suspension of work activities, but we believe it falls in line with WYDOT's mission of providing a safe, high quality and efficient transportation system for the citizens of Wyoming. We want to work with everyone, including citizens, business owners and visitors, to make this the best project for Cody." The Cody project is located between 10th Street and Cody Labs on U.S. 14/16/20, which includes 8th Street and Sheridan Avenue (between milepost 50.64 (Cody Labs) and milepost 51.78 (10th Street) in Cody). Project scope of work includes pavement rehabilitation, including asphalt milling and re-paving of three inches of asphalt pavement and asphalt wearing course; Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) upgrades; replacement of broken curb and gutter, double gutter and sidewalk; and replacement of a traffic signal pole at the southwest corner of the 8th Street/Beck Avenue intersection at the entrance to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. *h/t WYDOT* #reboot #news