SWEETWATER COUNTY – The recent dip in temperatures has delayed work on Interstate 80 between Green River and Rock Springs by the Wyoming Department of Transportation.
Crack sealing work was scheduled to begin yesterday and continue for about 2 weeks. However, that work will begin Wednesday or Thursday of this week, weather permitting. Residents and travelers are advised to expect speed reductions and moving operations, coupled with advanced signing warning drivers.
After finishing work on Interstate 80, crews will then move operations to US 191 North of Rock Springs. All work will be tentatively scheduled and weather permitting, due to the unpredictability of Wyoming weather.
Crack sealing operations, unlike other construction activities, is not adversely affected by dipping temperatures. Because of this factor, crack sealing activities can be scheduled in the winter.
Crack sealing is used as a defense against pavement deterioration. If done effectively, crack sealing keeps water from entering and weakening the base or sub-base. Crack sealing is used as a preventative measure to lengthen the life span of a roadway.
Highway Improvement Inc. was awarded the $1 million contract for the work The contract completion date is April 30, 2017.
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.