Touch-up work needed on area roads
By David Louis
RAWLINS — Beginning Monday, motorists will experience minor traffic delays in and around Rawlins as work crews complete grinding and other minor work on sections of Interstate 80 and various locations along Spruce Street.
Along with the work in Rawlins, crews will perform grinding work on I-80 near milepost 213 at the Sage Creek Bridge, on I-80 at milepost 214 near Rawlins and on the Thayer Street Bridge, where workers will fill in a crack in the bridge approach slab with epoxy, said Ralph Tarango, Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) resident engineer.
The work is a follow-up on last year’s $1.8 million project that included work on Thayer interchange (Higley Boulevard bridge), slab replacement on I-80, work on the Sage Creek separation bridge on I-80 at milepost 213, as well as work on the free right turn on the westbound lane I-80 off-ramp and westbound lane on-ramp at the West Spruce interchange.
“Basically, we will be grinding the bumps in the concrete,” Tarango said. “All of this work was supposed to be completed last year, but we had some oversize loads go through on the Thayer interchange and as soon as we got something up, it kind of tore things out. We had quite a few delays because of that.”
Along with the damage to the Thayer interchange, accidents along I-80 require the crews to come in and conduct patch work.
“I think we would have been done on time last year if it wasn’t for all accidents on our project,” Tarango said.
For the grinding work on I-80 at mileposts 213 and 214, a 14-foot width restriction will be in place. There will be a one-lane closure with a speed limit of 45 mph.
But there won’t be any width restrictions for the work on Spruce Street. Instead, there will be a moving, one-lane closure following the equipment that will be grinding the surface. WYDOT will be setting a speed limit of 20 mph.
On the Thayer Street Bridge, there will be a 12-foot width restriction in place and there will be a one-lane closure with alternating traffic that will be controlled by flaggers, also with a 20 mph speed limit.
The work is expected to be finished by Aug. 31.