Rock Removal Project Starts Tuesday
Written by Andrew-Rossi on September 1, 2017
Removal of more than 10,000 cubic yards of rock overhanging the highway west of Cody near Buffalo Bill Reservoir is scheduled to begin Tuesday, following the Labor Day weekend.
In addition to the overhanging rock removal, project work also includes removal of loose rock and installation of rock bolts and rockfall barriers above the roadway, from the end of the long tunnel and headed west for about a mile.
Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer Todd Frost of Cody says the $1.68 million project has come about because of numerous falling rock events, as well as input from local citizens. Frost says the project will involve blasting, so traffic delays will occur. But the contractor will allow traffic, without stops, to drive through the area between 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on working days, to allow daily commuters to make their way to Cody and home again in the late afternoon. At other times, Frost says the maximum delay time will be 20 minutes.
Project work is scheduled through September, October and November.