Night work begins Friday on Diversion Dam Junction highway improvement project

(Fremont County, Wyo) – The prime contractor of a $4.21 million highway improvement project near Diversion Dam Junction plans to work up to 20 hours a day in several shifts. That schedule began today, according to the Wyoming Department of Transportation.
The 2.32-mile project is on U.S. 26/287 west of Riverton.
Night shifts between Monday and Friday are scheduled to run 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m., while night shifts on Saturday are scheduled to run 3:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Day shifts (Monday through Friday) will generally run from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Saturdays).
“The contractor wants the complete most of the project in this construction season, weather permitting, and plans to begin working double shifts up to 20 hours a day beginning Thursday,” said Erik Smith, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Lander. “Citizens should expect traffic delays of up to 20 minutes through the work zone. Please slow down inside the work zone, and watch for workers.”
Smith said prime contractor Oftedal Construction, Inc., of Casper plans to complete and pave the 2.32-mile project this year.
The scope of work for the Diversion Dam Junction project includes grading, milling asphalt, placing crushed gravel base and asphalt pavement surfacing, chip seal, cattle guards, signing, fencing and other work on 2.32 miles on U.S. 26/287 beginning at RM 97.25 between Dubois and Riverton.
Contract completion date is June 30, 2015.