Warning signs were posted on each end of the Riverview Road work zone to help prevent unauthorized removal of the safety devices and keep the work zone safe. (Ernie Over photo) 
 (Riverton, Wyo.) – Residents are reminded that is a violation of state and federal laws to tamper with orange barrels and orange cones inside of a roadway construction work zone, according to the Wyoming Department of Transportation. With that in mind, the Riverview Road highway improvement project’s prime contractor in Riverton is asking for help from residents, young and old, to help maintain safety through the project.
“Our barrels and cones were looking good Monday night at 10 p.m., but sometime during the night, barrels and cones were stolen and/or moved up and down Riverview Road. It was a mess Tuesday morning,” said Jerry Bornhoft, owner of Jerry Bornhoft Construction, Inc. “We want the work zone to remain safe for drivers, pedestrians and other people. Please don’t move our cones and barrels; they are placed to designate the driving lanes and to enhance the safety of people traveling through this project.”
Bornhoft said work crews would return to the project on Monday, Dec. 30. The contractor will have people watching the project during the holiday week.
The speed limit across the Riverton Valley Irrigation District canal is 20 mph.
Working hours of the prime contractor are 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Traffic is being allowed to pass through the project from 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. without being stopped by flaggers. During the remainder of the work day, travelers may encounter delays of up to 15 minutes.
“Citizens are invited to attend a 1 p.m. work progress meeting every Thursday at the City of Riverton’s Public Works Building on Monroe Avenue,” said Robert Scheidemantel, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Riverton.
Jerry Bornhoft Construction, Inc.’s scope of work on the $2.8 million project includes grading, draining, milling existing asphalt, placing crushed gravel base, asphalt paving, chip sealing, removal of the existing Riverton Valley Irrigation District canal bridge, curb and gutter, water main replacement, sanitary sewer and electrical improvements, fencing and other work on .94 miles of Riverview Road beginning at milepost 2.16 in the City of Riverton between Rein Road and Augusta Drive.Contract completion date is Sept. 30, 2014.

Orange and white safety construction cones mark traffic lanes through the work zone. The cones were removed in an act of mischief earlier this week.

Orange and white safety construction cones mark traffic lanes through the work zone. The cones were removed in an act of mischief earlier this week. (Ernie Over photo)