Aug 14, 2015

Chief Joseph Highway paving (and delays) start Monday

Travelers on the Chief Joseph Scenic highway should expect some delays when a chip sealing project begins on Monday.

The project will improve about 6.8 miles of Wyo. Highway 296 (between mileposts 26.41 and 33.20), including the switchbacks on the Sunlight Basin side of the mountain. The project begins at the bottom switchback near Dead Indian Creek and climbs to the summit of Dead Indian Pass.

The chip sealing will include the switchbacks on the Sunlight Basin side. Dead Indian Pass photo courtesy Smallchief under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons
The prime contractor on the $2.72 million project is HK Contractors, Inc., of Idaho Falls, Idaho.

The work includes grading, a one-inch asphalt pavement leveling layer and a two-inch pavement overlay and a chip seal.

"We appreciate everyone's patience as we work toward completing this important project," said Todd Frost, WYDOT resident engineer in Cody, in a news release from the department.

Frost said traffic will be controlled by flaggers and pilot vehicles during construction. Motorists should expect delays of up to 20 minutes, he said.

The project is expected to wrap up by Sept. 30.

WYDOT officials say the project was made possible by revenue from the 10-cent fuel tax increase that was passed by the Wyoming Legislature in 2013.

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