Upcoming road and highway work projects
Passing lanes, surface work, rumble strips
May 21, 2007
Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) has awarded contracts totaling nearly $42.4 million for 10 highway projects around the state, including four made possible by the additional state funding approved by the 2007 Legislature.
US 191 Passing Lanes between Boulder and Rock Springs
The largest of the projects being funded with the state money will add alternating passing lanes to US 191 between Rock Springs and Boulder, where traffic has increased dramatically, including heavy truck traffic serving natural gas fields. LeGrand Johnson Construction of Logan, Utah, was awarded the $14 million contract to build 15 new passing lanes, each slightly more than a mile in length, and to lengthen one existing passing lane. Work will begin this year, but the contract completion date is Oct. 31, 2008.
State funds will be used for chip sealing to extend the life of pavement on highways in Lincoln and Sublette counties under a $1 million contract awarded to Intermountain Slurry Seal of Salt Lake City. The work is expected to be done by Sept. 30, 2008.
Highway Rumble Strips
Rumble strips will be added to improve safety on highway sections in 11 counties around the state by Oct. 31, under a $118,000 contract awarded to Diamond Surface of Maple Grove, Minn.
Vore Buffalo Jump paved parking area
A paved parking lot will be built near the site of the historic Vore Buffalo Jump near I-90 east of Sundance in a project being undertaken in cooperation with the state Travel and Tourism Division. The $110,000 contract awarded to EKE Inc. of Spearfish, N.D., includes a completion date of Oct. 31. (Editor's Note: This project is on the other side of the state of Wyoming from us, but it is cool because it is for a buffalo jump site in Wyoming. We also have a similar site, about 10 miles east of Big Piney, although our Wardell site is a trap not a jump. If you have never taken the time to hop off the interstate to check out the Vore Buffalo Jump site, this is worth a short side jaunt. It's out in the 'middle of nowhere', and is a very interesting self-guided interpretive site. The paved parking lot will be a nice improvement for this historical landmark.)
Information excerpted from a WYDOT news release