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By David Martin
Editor 

Future WYDOT work planned

 


Green River residents will likely see more contractors for the Wyoming Department of Transportation doing work on roads near the city.

While workers have been busy this week repairing portions of the Uinta Drive bridge over the Green River, WYDOT’s six-year plan will focus on portions of Interstate 80, as well as Wyoming Highway 530 leading out to the Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

According to WYDOT District Engineer Keith Compton, their main goal is to reduce pavement decline.

However, that’s a prospect easier said than done, as Compton admits WYDOT would need an additional $64 million to simply maintain the current condition of Wyoming’s roads.

WYDOT Projects

This year, WYDOT plans work for Highway 530 south of Green River, between mile posts 32 and 38 for level and overlay work. WYDOT also plans to work on Wyoming Highway 374, at the Little America Interchange.

“It just doesn’t handle all the heavy truck traffic and turning movement on the stretch,” Clint Lockman, a resident engineer in Rock Springs, said.

In 2018, construction is anticipated to start at the I-80 La Barge Interchange on the eastbound lanes from milepost 77 to 83.

The project entails milling and paving the section of the interstate. The westbound lanes of that same stretch isn’t anticipated to start until 2019.

In 2020, The westbound lanes from milepost 83-86 will see a concrete rehabilitation and slab replacement project. The work also entails resealing joints in the road as well as grinding and texturing the concrete. I-80 work east of Green River, from mile posts 92-99, won’t take place until 2024. More work on Wyoming 530, from milepost 26-33 and from 38 to the Utah state line, is also scheduled to take place in 2024.

 

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