(Cheyenne, Wyo.) – Lander’s High Country Construction was a successful bidder in the last round of highway projects awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during a teleconference meeting. High Country Construction’s low bid of $11 million was a project calling for widening and resurfacing nearly 7 miles of WYO 59 between Weston and the Montana border. The existing highway, which carries heavy industrial traffic to and from oilfields in North Dakota, has no shoulders. The project will add 6-foot safety shoulders to the highway and replace two bridges. The contract completion date is Oct. 31, 2015.

In total, contracts totaling $35.5 million were awarded for seven different projects.

McGarvin-Moberly Construction of Worland won the largest of the contracts with a low bid of $12.2 million for milling off deteriorating pavement and replacing it with new pavement on 12 miles of the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 just east of Wamsutter. The contract completion date is Sept. 30, 2015.

McGarvin-Moberly also won a $7.3 million contract to remove deteriorating pavement and lay down new pavement on nearly 7 miles of Interstate 25 at Chugwater. Rehabilitation of 10 bridges on the highway section also will be included. The project is scheduled to be done by Oct. 31, 2015.

Sections of nine city streets in Evanston will get microsurfacing or pavement overlays under a $1.7 million contract awarded to Intermountain Slurry Seal of Watsonville, Calif. The project is being paid for with state urban system funds, and will include work on Washington Avenue, Bear River Drive, Sixth Street, Union Road, Main Street, Cheyenne Drive, Overthrust Road, Yellow Creek Road and Constitution Avenue. The work is expected to be done by Oct. 31, 2015.

Wilson Brothers Construction of Cowley will stabilize the Tift Slide on US 14 about 13 miles south of Sheridan under a $1.1 million contract that carries aNov. 30 completion date. The work will include removing unstable soil from the slope below the highway and replacing it with rock and concrete.

DRM Inc. of Gillette will stabilize the Salt Creek Slide on US 85 about 7 miles north of Newcastle under a $1 million contract. Unstable soil on the slope above the highway will be removed down to bedrock and replaced with crushed rock. A less severe section of the slide will be covered with fabric and a layer of crushed rock. The work is scheduled to be done by Nov. 30.

The Hay Creek Bridge on Crook County Road 265 will be replaced under a $660,000 contract won by S&S Builders of Gillette. The existing bridge is 50 years old, narrow and has weight restrictions on the loads it can carry. The new bridge is expected to be done by Oct. 31, 2015.

Cheyenne’s Reiman Corp. submitted the low bid of $455,000 to repair the overpass at the I-25 Nimmo Road Interchange, which was damaged in February when it was struck by an oversize load. Three steel girders will be replaced and a fourth straightened, and one-third of the bridge deck will be replaced. Traffic will be routed around the bridge using the exit and entrance ramps at the interchange during the repairs, which are scheduled to be done by Aug. 31, 2015.

WYDOT has canceled its August bid letting and contract awards due to uncertainty about the availability of federal funding.