WYDOT Begins Replacing and Reconstructing Bridges in Worland
Written by Andrew-Rossi on October 10, 2022
A two-year bridge construction project is underway in Worland, which means residents should take detours and stick to main roads until the project is complete in June 2024.
W.Y.D.O.T. announced a two-year project has started to replace three bridges and reconstruct a small piece of Wyoming Highway 433 (West River Road) roadway near Worland.
The $10.245 million project includes total reconstruction of the 3 bridges and roadway through the construction zone,” said Wyoming Department of Transportation project engineer Kelly Erickson of Worland.
The start of the 1.4-mile project, located between West River Road mileposts 4.14 and 5.50, includes the construction of a narrow detour roadway around the construction area where the bridges will be built.
Besides the demolition and construction of the bridges, other project work includes grading, asphalt pavement surfacing, fencing, chip sealing and other work.
The contract completion date is June 30, 2024. Reiman Corp. of Cheyenne is the primary contractor for the project.
“Irrigation water was turned off in the canal for the season on Oct. 1, and that will help construction of the detour to be complete by the end of October,” Erickson said. “Paving the detour is scheduled to be complete by early November.”
Erickson said construction truck traffic will increase in October as the material is hauled in to build the narrow detour roadway.
Erickson said the contractor is required to build the two canal bridges after irrigation flows end this year, with work being completed on the canal bridges before irrigation water begins flowing to farm fields in 2023.
Permanent and portable digital message signs have been placed at both ends of West River Road, advising over-the-road truckers to take the main highway (US16/20/WY789) through Worland.
“Taking the main highway through Worland will help truckers and other big rigs, including school activity buses, from being delayed by this project, and it will increase safety for workers through the narrow work zone,” Erickson said. “Digital message signs will provide drivers with up-to-date information, including delays to traffic, on West River Road.”