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    Bids for the Moneta/Lysite construction project should be out by end of the year

    (Lander, WY) Bids on the Moneta/Lysite road construction project could be out as soon as the end of the year The Fremont County Commissioners were told Tuesday.

    Civil Engineer Brendan Thoman of James Gores and Associates told the commissioners the BLM and the tribes of the Wind River Reservation are seeking additional archeological investigations along the route.

    Commission Chairman Travis Becker expressed frustration that the project, now 2.5 years in design is being delayed further by these additional requests. “I’m tired of our own government working against us. Now we have more stipulations and the cost is escalating every day. When is this going to end?”

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    Becker then asked if the commissioners wanted to continue with this project, and he asked Thoman for his personal, professional opinion if the project should be continued. “We have to keep hammering with the end goal in mind,” Thoman said. “We’ve run into roadblocks before. If we don’t do it today, it will be harder down the road.”

    Becker then asked the commissioners what they wanted to do and the decision was made to continue with the project now that right-of-ways have been acquired along the length of the project. Commissioner Larry Allen said costs have escalated $125,000 in the 2.5 years and he expressed his concern that costs on the design phase alone could go up to a quarter-million dollars if the project doesn’t get going.

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