GILLETTE, Wyo. — Repairs expected to begin Monday will close the Gurley Overpass until early August, the City of Gillette announced Wednesday.
Starting July 25, the overpass will close to the public for nearly two weeks while a city-approved contractor completes annual maintenance that will include injecting epoxy into the deck, a process the city hopes will extend the deck’s life, according to a July 20 press release.
The city expects the project to be completed on August 6 and, in the meantime, residents will need to use alternative crossings on Brooks and Burma avenues, per the release, which further states that residents can view live crossing arm status information online.
The Gurley Overpass has stood since it’s construction in 1981 and has been in service since 1982 providing a critical access point for first responders and citizens traveling between the north and south sides of Gillette, per the city, with nearly 10,000 vehicles traversing the overpass daily.
It’s an aging piece of critical infrastructure, the city says, and has been resurfaced multiple times in the last 20 years with the most recent being completed in 2018.
Since 2018, the overpass has been inspected and closed for maintenance annually, according to the city.
The Gillette City Council has established a savings fund for the future replacement of the overpass and, as of the current fiscal year, has set aside $4 million, per the release.