Paving Schedule Set for U.S. 287 Near Lander

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LANDER – U.S. 287 paving scheduled to begin Aug. 5 southeast of Lander

Asphalt paving is scheduled to begin Wednesday, Aug. 5, on a highway and bridge improvement project about 15 miles southeast of Lander on U.S. 287.

The 4.66-mile project is located between mileposts 64.27 and 59.61 on U.S.287, 15-19 miles southeast of Lander.

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LeGrand Johnson Construction Co., of Logan, Utah, is the prime contractor on the $4.92 million Beaver Creek West project, the second of two projects between Lander and Jeffrey City on U.S. 287. The Beaver Creek East project was built in 2013.

“The contractor’s plan is to be paving next week, weather permitting,” said Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer Erik Smith of Lander.

Smith said drivers should expect traffic delays of up to 20 minutes during the project, and a 14-foot width restriction is in effect.

WYDOT and the prime contractor have installed signs warning bicyclists and motorcyclists near Lander at the Rawlins Junction (U.S. 287/Wyoming 28 intersection) and at Sweetwater Station Rest Area (U.S. 287/Wyoming 135 intersection) of the U.S. 287 highway construction activities.

Motorcyclists and bicyclists driving southeast toward Rawlins are encouraged to detour over South Pass on Wyoming 28, and to U.S. 191 and Rock Springs, or to ride north and take Wyoming 135 near Riverton back to U.S. 287 on top of Beaver Rim.

Motorcyclists and bicyclists driving toward Lander on U.S. 287 will be encouraged to take Wyoming 135 at the Sweetwater Station Rest Area, drive to Riverton and then Lander on Wyoming 789.

“The safety of bicyclists and motorcyclists continues to be a top priority through this project. WYDOT’s mission charges us with maintaining a safe, high quality and efficient transportation system, and that’s our goal with the Beaver Creek West project.” – Erik Smith of WYDOT

The scope of work for the Beaver Creek West highway improvements include grading, draining, milling asphalt plant mix, removal of concrete, placing crushed base and asphalt pavement surfacing, chip sealing, bridge rehabilitation, guardrail, fencing and other work on 4.66 miles on U.S. 287 beginning at milepost 59.61 between Muddy Gap and Lander.

Contract completion date for the U.S. 287 highway and bridge improvements is June 30, 2016.