WYDOT reports that they have begun the process of repairing the section of WYO 130 that washed out in last Spring's heavy run-off. You might remember that at the time of the washout back on July 19th a Colorado family was traveling on the road during the incident. Their car was caught in the washout killing three family members.  

Work has begun on a detour around the temporary bridge spanning the section of WYO 130 washed out by flash flooding on Brush Creek about 22 miles southeast of Saratoga. Road construction on the detour downstream from the temporary bridge is not expected to affect movement of alternating one-way traffic over the bridge, which has been in use on the highway since July 23. A temporary webcam installed at the washout site by WYDOT remains in place as construction begins to monitor progress.

 Once the detour is completed, traffic will be diverted onto it so that the temporary bridge can be dismantled and new concrete culvert installed. The detour will handle alternating one-way traffic controlled by a temporary traffic signal.

 Gillette’s S&S Builders submitted the low bid of $829,000 to install the new larger drainage culvert, which is expected to be in place by April 15 to handle spring runoff. Once the culvert is installed, the highway will resume handling normal two-way traffic on temporary surfacing. Additional paving and a chip seal will follow by Aug. 31.

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