(Thermopolis, Wyo.) – Replacement of the last wood timber bridge on the Wyoming highway system started this week on Wyoming 170 northwest of Thermopolis.
Construction of a one-way detour on the east side of the old Owl Creek bridge started on the $1.272 million project in Hot Springs County.
“Once the detour is built, the contractor is scheduled to begin removing the old timber bridge,” according to Kaia Tharp, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Thermopolis. “The new bridge will be built in the same location as the old bridge.”
CC&G, Inc., of Lander is the prime contractor on the Wyoming 170 bridge replacement project. The Wyoming Transportation Commission awarded the project bid to CC&G, Inc., in February.
Tharp said the contractor is scheduled to begin removing the existing bridge by mid-June, with construction of the new bridge to begin a week later. The contractor’s schedule calls for pouring the concrete bridge deck about mid-August, asphalt paving of the roadway on each side of the bridge in mid-September, and completion of the project by the end of September.