JACKSON HOLE, WYO \u2013 The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) has begun work on Cattleman\u2019s Bridge. The contract was awarded to Reiman Corp. in October for $3.8 million. The Teton County bridge is located on Spring Gulch Road north of Jackson.\r\n\r\nThe bridge was closed in early June after spring runoff waters pounded the pier footings and caused the deck to buckle.\r\n\r\nThe project is part WYDDOT\u2019s Bridge Replacement Off System program where WYDOT partners with local counties to replace deficient bridges off the state highway system.\r\n\r\nThe work on Cattleman\u2019s Bridge will include installing a single lane temporary bridge to move traffic while crews take out the old bridge and begin construction on a new one.\r\n\r\nCompletion date is set for October of 2018.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe contractor has set an aggressive schedule and hopes to have the new bridge open ahead of the completion date,\u201d said WYDOY resident engineer Bob Hammond.\r\n\r\nThe new bridge will feature just two piers in the water, an improvement from the old bridge\u2019s nine piers.\r\n\r\n\u201cHaving only two piers instead of nine will reduce the debris that builds up underneath the bridge,\u201d Hammond said.\r\n\r\nThe new bridge will also feature a separated pathway.\r\n\r\nThe bridge has been closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles and will remain closed until the temporary bridge is constructed and opened. The temporary structure will be one-way and signal-controlled, with alternating traffic. It is scheduled to be completed by the end of December 2017, weather permitting.