Fremont County Transportation Superintendent Dave Pendleton. File photo.

(Lander, Wyo.) – The Fremont County Commission on Tuesday approved next steps in five road construction projects across the county.

Transportation Superintendent Dave Pendleton brought the recommendations to the commission, and the commission approved each unanimously after brief discussion. Commissioners Doug Thompson and Larry Allen were not in attendance.

The phase 2 overlay on 8 Mile Road was awarded to low bidder HK Construction Inc. of Idaho Falls, Idaho, for $2,044,654.94. Pendleton said even giving the in-state contractors a five percent preference, HK Construction was still the lowest bidder. This project is being funded by the county’s Road Construction Fund.

Next steps were also made in three optional 1 percent sales tax projects.

A $77,900 contract was awarded to Inberg-Miller Engineers of Riverton for the design and construction administration of a snow fence project for Atlantic City. Commissioner Stephanie Kessler noted that the project has been a controversial use of 1 percent funds. Pendleton defended the project saying the snow fences along Atlantic City’s access roads were in poor condition and not properly placed. He equated snow fences as as much of a priority as curb and gutters along streets.

The design of a realignment of Tunnel Hill Road was awarded to James Gores and Associates of Riverton. The project is improve safety along the road and move the road further away from the canal that it follows. The design was approved at a $287,501 cost.

Star Trucking was awarded the $155,000 contract for the construction of the Lost Cabin Road realignment and box culvert. The commission also approved an increase of $7,881 to the design contract with Apex Surveying.

The reconstruction of the 20 mph curve on Lower North Fork Road northwest of Lander was awarded to Alexander Excavation Inc. for $307,746. “This is a safety driving project,” Pendleton said, noting that a land owner in the area has offered right of way access to improve the corner.