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Paving operations underway in several areas of I-90 in northeast Wyoming

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GILLETTE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Department of Transportation and its contractors ask motorists to watch out for paving operations at several I-90 locations in northeast Wyoming, the department said in a news release Thursday.

Road reconstruction at the Acme Interchange in eastbound I-90 15 miles south of the Montana State line prompts a traffic detour off the interstate to allow the project to be completed. When reconstruction is complete, which is scheduled for Oct. 31, contractors will begin a mill and overlay both eastbound and westbound from mile marker 15.3 to 19.46.

Near Rozet, paving operations are underway from mile marker 135 to 145 in both east and westbound lanes and the Rozet interchange.

The Wind Creek section east of Moorcroft is undergoing paving operations that are scheduled to be completed by July.

Westbound traffic of the Sundance Marginal is diverted onto the eastbound lane to complete bridges in a six-mile stretch of I-90. Once the bridge work is completed, a crack and seat technique of paving will be paved from mile marker 187 to 192, which is currently undergoing concrete paving. The crack and seat technique will break the existing concrete into small pieces to form the sub-base, which will be paved with asphalt. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2023.

All projects will involve applying a wearing course surface, which is a three-quarter inch layer of coarser, porous asphalt that’s meant to add traction and wicking and extend the pavement’s longevity.

Bridges will gain an epoxy overlay for additional traction and moisture wicking for their decks to reduce risk of icing.

Motorists should also watch for short lane closures at bridges at the 102.52, 130.25 and 178.19 mile markers of I-90. These are part of a statewide bridge rehabilitation program.

The department and contractors ask drivers to obey all traffic controls to help other motorists and the contractors. There will be reduced speed limits, single travel lanes, heavy truck traffic and flagging operations throughout these construction areas.