WYDOT Working to Prevent Rockfalls
Written by Andrew-Rossi on July 6, 2017
WYDOT is organizing two projects to protect drivers and roadways from falling rock.
Beginning next Monday, July 10, contractors will begin rock fall mitigation in Paint Creek Canyon near the Northwest College Field Camp on the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway. Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer Todd Frost of Cody says work includes removal of existing damaged rockfall mesh, scaling loose rocks from the slopes and installation of new mesh in the same location. Motorists should expect traffic delays of up to 20 minutes, with traffic being controlled by flaggers and pilot vehicles at both work sites.
Another project west of Cody on Highway 14/16/20 just west of the tunnels is scheduled to start after Labor Day weekend and should be completed around November 1st. Frost says some of the work is being done to address concerns received by WYDOT from citizens who use the highways.
The scope of work west of Cody includes rock excavation including blasting, scaling of loose rock, installation of rock bolts to stabilize slopes, and installation of rockfall mesh at several locations.