On-road trucks must use US16/20/WY789 via Worland during the project
A 2 year project has started to replace 3 bridges and rebuild a small piece of the WY433 (West River Road) near Worland.
“The $10.245 million project includes total reconstruction of all 3 bridges and the causeway across the construction area,” said Kelly Erickson, Worland’s Wyoming Department of Transportation project engineer.
The prime contractor is Reiman Corp., of Cheyenne.
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 diversion road around the construction area where the bridges will be constructed.
Apart from the demolition and construction of the 3 bridges, other works of the project include grading, paving the roadway with asphalt, fencing, chip sealing and other works.
The contract completion date is June 30, 2024.
“Irrigation water has been shut off in the canal for the October 1 season, which will help complete construction of the detour by the end of October,” Erickson said. “The paving of the detour is expected to be completed by early November.”
Erickson said construction truck traffic will increase in October as material is transported to build the narrow diversion road.
Erickson said the contractor is required to build the 2 canal bridges after irrigation flows end this year, with work being completed on the canal bridges before irrigation water begins to flow into the agricultural fields in 2023.
Permanent signs and portable digital message boards have been placed at both ends of West River Road advising truckers to take the main highway (US16/20/WY789) through Worland.
“Using the main highway through Worland will help truckers and other large trucks, including school activity buses, not be delayed by this project, and it will increase worker safety in the tight work zone,” Erickson said. “Digital traffic signs will provide drivers with up-to-date information, including traffic delays, on West River Road.”
The West River Road is the shortcut to Manderson and Basin, bypassing the town of Worland to the west.