Asphalt test strip complete; Paving of 17 Mile Road on WRIR to begin next Wednesday

Construction crews laid down the first asphalt on the 17 Mile Road project today. (WYDOT) 

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Full-production asphalt paving is slated to begin Aug. 21 on 17 Mile Road (Fremont County Road 334) southwest of Riverton on the Wind River Reservation, according to Chris Offe, Federal Highway Administration project engineer.

Crews from Western Wyoming Construction Co., and Shoshone and Arapaho Tribal Transportation paved a “test strip” of 500 tons of asphalt Thursday on 17 Mile Road near its intersection with Plunkett Road.

“With successful completion of asphalt testing on that initial strip, full-production paving will begin Aug. 21,” Offe said. “This is a significant milestone on this project to improve traffic safety on 17 Mile Road.”

Offe said paving operations are currently scheduled for five days a week, 10 hours a day, starting daily at 7 a.m. “We have 50,000 tons of asphalt to pave, so it’ll be a six-week job with favorable weather to complete paving,” Offe said.

Asphalt is being hauled to the work zone from the North Fork Pit near Lander.

Shoshone and Arapaho Tribal Transportation workers are continuing placement and grading of crushed gravel base on the 17 Mile Road roadway. Gravel base is being hauled out of the 17-Mile Transfer Station Pit, located north of the waste transfer station on 17 Mile Road. Gravel work is continuing five days a week, 9.5 hours a day, starting daily at 7:30 a.m.

“Gravel work will continue until mid-September or until finished,” Offe said, adding that Shoshone and Arapaho workers will be hauling gravel this weekend (Saturday and Sunday) to the west limits of the project near 17 Mile Road’s intersection with Wyoming 132 (Blue Sky Highway).

“We’d like to remind drivers of 17 Mile Road to use caution driving through the work zones,” Offe said. “It would be appreciated if drivers would drive at or below posted speed limits.”