As frigid temps give way to warmer weather and longer days, so too begins the summer of road construction projects around the state with two slated to begin today in Campbell County.
On Monday, crews begin excavation and paving preparation work on the southern portion of WYO HWY 50, between the intersection of Force and 4-J Roads that will extend to the Southern Drive intersection. Along with new sidewalks and a pathway to allow for pedestrian and bicycle traffic, the highway will also be updated with cosmetic touches like new fencing, landscaping and other finish work, courtesy the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) and its contractors.
The project is expected to continue for the next several months, per a March 20 release from WYDOT, and commuters can expect lane closures, head-to-head traffic, bright orange flags and heavy truck traffic throughout the course of construction.
Also beginning this week, weather permitting, WYDOT crews will commence the final phase of the North Garner Lake Road extension to Northern Drive. The new stretch of roadway will provide a second means of north-south access for heavy truck traffic bypassing onto northbound Highway 59, and will also shorten the route through Gillette via Highway 14-16 by approximately 4.5 miles, according to WYDOT.
This project is a partnership between WYDOT, the Campbell County Commission, Contura Coal West, Western Fuels Wyoming, Inc. and WYODAK Resource Development Corporation LLC.
More information about these projects and others can be found at WYDOT.