Rockfall Removal Project Will Take Time
Written by Andrew-Rossi on September 19, 2017
A rockfall removal project west of town will take several months to complete, in order to be considerate of residents and travelers through the work site.
WYDOT plans to remove about 10,000 cubic yards of rock overhanging the highway near Buffalo Bill Reservoir, and install rockfall barriers above the roadway. Cody Beers with the Wyoming Department of Transportation says that the project is an attempt to remove hazardous rocks that are poised to fall onto the highway, and which threaten the safety of drivers.
But Beers says they have received several comments and questions about why the project is expected to take so long to complete, and he says that the drawn out calendar is actually an effort to accommodate travelers. He says they’ve made the commitment to allow unrestricted traffic during high commute times, and in between those periods the maximum delay will be twenty minutes both ways. He says that only allows the contractors 20 minutes of work per hour, which extends the calendar for the project.
The project is expected to be completed by December.