Feb 17, 2015

Highway cracks being sealing across Big Horn Basin

A $2.3 million highway crack sealing project is under way on Big Horn Basin highways with possible delays of up to 20 minutes, according to a Wyoming Department of Transportation news release.

The project began in Big Horn County.

When completed, highway cracks will be sealed in Big Horn, Park, Hot Springs, Washakie and Fremont counties, and a small piece of western Natrona County between Shoshoni and Casper.

Crews with prime contractor Highway Improvement, Inc., of Sioux Falls, S.D., are scheduled for three weeks of work in Big Horn County, two and a half weeks in Park County and one and a half weeks in both Hot Springs and Washakie counties.

Work in Fremont and Natrona counties is scheduled to take about six weeks to complete.

"These work time estimates are based on one crew working, but the contractor expects to have two crews working by mid-February," said Ben Steed, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Basin. "Workers will return to Park County later in the spring to complete work between Cody and Yellowstone National Park on U.S. (Highway) 14-16-20."

Steed said commuters should expect stop delays of up to 20 minutes with single-lane traffic. Vehicles will be led through the work zones by pilot vehicles.

"We apologize for the inconvenience of this work, but crack sealing is an important part of maintaining our highways in Wyoming," Steed said. "Thank you for your patience."

Contract completion is scheduled for May 31.

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