ROCK SPRINGS — Demolition of the Gookin Bridge over Interstate 80 near Rock Springs will begin Monday evening around 8 p.m., according to information from the Wyoming Department of Transportation.
WYDOT and contract crews from Reiman High Country Construction will be demolishing the existing bridge at the new interchange and connector to Blairtown Road in Rock Springs near the Water Reclamation Facility.
Work on the bridge will take place at night, from the hours of 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. During the nighttime work, traffic will be diverted onto a gravel detour around the bridge with a reduction in speed to 30 m.p.h., according to WYDOT.
The work is expected to take approximately four nights and be completed on the morning of July 2nd. Commuters using I-80 during these overnight hours are reminded to expect delays and plan accordingly.
WYDOT is partnering with the city of Rock Springs, as well as Sweetwater County to complete the
project. The completion date for this project is set for June 30, 2023.
The scope of the project includes replacing the existing bridge over the interstate to provide a higher
vertical clearance, constructing eastbound and westbound ramps with continuous acceleration/deceleration lanes to Dewar Drive. It also includes building a new overpass structure over the Union Pacific Railroad for access to the industrial park.
WYDOT received a $14 million federal Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant to construct a
new interchange and reconstruct and expand Interchange Road from Foothill Blvd. south to Blairtown Road.
The grant WYDOT received is part of the $1.5 billion INFRA grant program, which is part of the federal Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act. Although WYDOT will receive $14 million, the total cost of the project is just under $30 million.
WYDOT would like to remind drivers to slow down in work zones, be alert and cautious of roadside
workers, and obey all traffic control devices. For more information on road construction, closures, and
weather conditions, please visit http://www.wyoroad.info.