(Shoshoni, Wyo.) – A $370,000 pavement repair project through the tunnels in Wind River Canyon is scheduled to begin in mid-June, and traffic delays are expected.
Prime contractor for the U.S. 20/Wyoming 789 project is 71 Construction of Riverton.
71 Construction is scheduled to begin the work about June 16. Work will consist of milling the rough, cracked concrete and old asphalt, and paving it with three inches of asphalt pavement.
“The contractor is hoping to finish work in two weeks,” said Kaia Tharp, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Thermopolis. “Milling is scheduled to begin on June 16, and paving is scheduled to start on June 23. The contractor is planning to work five days a week, with maximum traffic stop delays of 15 minutes during the work.”
During the project, a 10-foot width restriction will be in effect between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, as well as a height restriction of 13 feet, 5 inches. The work is limited to three-tenths of a mile, mileposts 116.14 to 116.44, through the three tunnels on U.S. 20/Wyoming 789.
Dynamic (digital) message signs will be placed at least two miles in advance of the pavement milling and paving work in the tunnels. “These signs will warn people of the oncoming construction activities in the tunnels,” Tharp said.
The Wind River Canyon tunnels pavement repair project was awarded to 71 Construction in December 2013 by the Wyoming Transportation Commission.
Contract completion date is July 31, 2014.