Four contracts totaling nearly $2.9 million were awarded by the Wyoming Transportation Commission during a teleconference meeting Thursday, Sept. 29 for work needed primarily as a result of landslides and flooding this summer.
Oftedal Construction of Miles City, Mont. won the largest of the contracts with a bid of $937,000 for scaling, blasting and other work to remove rocks above US 20-WYO 789 in Wind River Canyon north of Shoshoni and US 14 in Shell Canyon east of Greybull. The stability of the rocks was compromised by higher than normal moisture during the past winter and spring. Work also will be done to repair areas of the shoulder of U.S. 14 damaged by high waters in Shell Creek. The Shell Canyon work is expected to be done by Nov. 30, with the Wind River Canyon to follow. The contract completion date is April 15, 2012.
Casper’s McMurry Ready-Mix submitted the low bid of $667,000 for slide stabilization work on US 14 about 17 miles northwest of Sundance. One slide below the highway damaged the pavement in May, and a second slide is threatening the road from above. The project will involve removing soils threatening the highway and realigning a 1,000-foot section of the road to more stable ground. Work is expected to begin as early as next week, and the contract requires the highway to be paved with both lanes open by Nov. 20. Additional work will follow next year, with a contract completion date of May 30.
Slide repair and stabilization work will be completed at four other locations on US 14 in Big Horn, Crook and Sheridan counties under a $648,000 contract awarded to Reiman Corp. of Cheyenne. The work will consist primarily of driving steel piles into the slide areas to stabilize the soil. The contract completion date is April 30, 2012, but most of the work is expected to be completed this year.
WYDOT estimates the total cost of stabilization and repair work needed due to landslides and flooding around the state this year will exceed $31 million.
Gillette’s S&S Builders submitted the low bid of $642,000 for repairs to the abutments and approach slabs of the I-180 (Central-Warren Avenue) viaduct in Cheyenne. The contract requires repairs to the southbound lanes be completed by Dec. 20. While work is under way, southbound traffic will be detoured to one lane of the northbound bridge and truck traffic will be prohibited. Repairs to the northbound viaduct will follow, with a contract completion date of May 30, 2012.