Ribbon cutting brings end to Lakeway Road improvements

Gillette Mayor Louise Carter-King, center, is surrounded by council members, representatives from DRM, Inc., HDR Engineering as well as many others who played a role in the Lakeway Road improvements project as she cuts the ribbon to officially celebrate its competition. The project was finished on schedule and on budget earlier this month. (City of Gillette photo)

Dozens braved the cold, windy weather Tuesday morning in the parking lot of Knecht Home Center to celebrate the completion of the eight-month Lakeway Road improvement project from 4-J Road to Douglas Highway/Highway 59. The ribbon cutting event drew attention to the project’s Penny Power Optional 1% Tax funding.

Gillette Mayor Louise Carter-King spoke to the crowd and shared her appreciation for the quality work of the project’s contractor DRM, Inc., the city’s consulting engineer HDR Engineering, and all the subcontractors who played a role in the project, including the businesses and citizens it affected daily.

“I could not be happier to announce that this important project was completed both on time AND within budget,” the mayor announced.

Carter-King reminded attendees that DRM, Inc. said it would finish by the first week of November and on Oct. 29 all the orange barrels were removed from the roadway, all five lanes were re-opened, and the speed limit of 30 mph was reinstated.

“The successful completion of a project this big wouldn’t have been possible without the work of so many. Thank you to the many Lakeway businesses and their patrons who were so patient and understanding throughout the construction season,” Carter-King said. “Thank you to HDR, DRM and their many subcontractors, including Powder River Construction, Keyhole Technologies, Western Services, G&G Landscaping, TJ Electric, AET, and KLJ.”

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The $7.16 million project was funded from money obtained through the Optional One Percent sales tax, known locally as Penny Power. The city uses its share of the tax for drainage improvements, fishing lake improvements, wastewater facility improvements, parks and pathways, and streets, to name a few.

“Thank you to the many City staff members from multiple departments who were involved in the project. Special thanks to the Water and Wastewater staff who conducted late-night shut-offs to minimize the impacts to homes and businesses,” the mayor concluded.

Lakeway Road improvement highlights

  • Re-lined existing 24-inch interceptor sanitary sewer from 4-J Road to Highway 59
  • Replaced full-width surface, including new concrete pavement and sidewalks from 4-J Road to Highway 59
  • Fit water valves and replaced fire hydrants from 4-J Road to Highway 59
  • New water main from Powder River Avenue to the middle of Lakeway Road
  • Re-lined existing 18-inch sanitary sewer on Emerson Avenue from Sequoia Drive to Lakeway Road
  • The life of nearly one mile of sewer line was extended through the placement of a new liner
  • More than 100 water main fittings and valves were replaced or installed
  • 5 sanitary sewer manholes were installed, each with a depth of more than 20 feet. (If stacked end on end, they would collectively measure 15 feet taller than the First Interstate building downtown)

By the numbers

9 inches of concrete used on roadway

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6 inches of crushed base beneath roadway

18 inches of sand under crushed base

8,500 cubic yards of concrete placed

19,000 cubic yards of subgrade material

$8,000,000 – Total project cost