Wyoming Department of Transportation Public Relations Specialist Cody Beers told the Riverton Economic Development Community Association (RECDA) that the North Federal construction project has been a “big success so far” at their meeting last week.
Construction opened 3 lanes to traffic last week, and the 4th and final lane will be reopened by mid-November after some work to the west side sidewalk. Beers told RECDA that the project is just over halfway done in total and that 8,500 cubic yards of concrete have been poured. “If that number doesn’t do much for you, think of it like this” Beers said, “that’s 850 truckloads full of concrete.”
Cody also gave praise to contractors, S&S Builders saying WYDOT has been, “very fortunate to work with them.” He continued, “never once have I heard one guy raise his voice at another worker, everyone works with a lot smiles. They get along as a team and do a great job.”
Beers said the construction team suffered one minor setback recently, when a vehicle crashed through about 6 feet of curb and gutter, near the City of Riverton sign in front of Riverton City Hall. “Luckily there were no injuries,” said Beers. “That’s been about our only setback so far.”
The WYDOT spokesman also noted that this winter, business owners near North Federal and snow removal crews will be strongly encouraged to not use icebreaker to the new road, saying it would be very harmful in its first year of existence.
Next up for Riverton construction will be a project on Webwood, between Pure Gas Road and the Walmart entrance. This project will primarily be for storm sewer work and is a joint effort between WYDOT, The City of Riverton, and the Eastern Shoshone Tribe. Detours are expected on Webwood for about one month.
In the future, WYDOT plans for Riverton include improving American Disability Association requirements to Main Street, between Federal and Central Wyoming College, and a traffic signal installation at Main and Major.
Beers reiterated his thanks to motorists, business owners, and residents of Riverton, saying “I just want to say thanks again for everyone’s patience, we’re very proud of this project.”
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