WYDOT: Slope stabilization project scheduled to begin next week in Wind River Canyon

A rockfall safety project in Wind River Canyon will resume on Jan. 3.

A slope stabilization project will begin next week in the Wind River Canyon resulting in traffic delays. 

(Riverton, Wyo.) – Traffic delays are expected during a $1.88 million slope stabilization project in Wind River Canyon, scheduled to begin next week between Shoshoni and Thermopolis on U.S. 20/Wyoming 789.

“The contractor will be stabilizing slopes and constructing retaining walls at five locations between the river and highway,” said Kent Herren, Wyoming Department of Transportation project inspector in Riverton. “The first location is about four miles south of Thermopolis.”
Herren said the contractor’s work schedule shows most work on the slope stabilization/retaining wall project expected to be complete in June.
“The progress of work will be dependent upon favorable weather,” Herren said. “Within several weeks, it’s the contractor’s goal to provide two-way traffic, except for wide loads, through Wind River Canyon and the work zone.”
Expected work on the project includes grading, draining, placing crushed gravel and asphalt paving, and other highway improvements in Wind River Canyon.
Prime contractor for the project is Oftedal Construction, Inc., of Miles City, Mont. Contract completion date is Oct. 31, 2013.