Flat Creek Bridge construction going to take a little longer

JACKSON, Wyo. – First the good news. Motorists will have plenty of opportunities to practice the zipper merge. Also, if road construction was ever going to happen during summer and inconvenience the least amount of people—this is the summer to do it, right?

The bad news: The Wyoming Department of Transportation announced today it does not look like they will have that bridge repair job on Flat Creek done by June 20. Phase 1 completion is looking more like mid-July.

Blame COVID, yes. In fact, several issues are affecting the estimated completion date including change orders and delayed delivery of materials related to the coronavirus.

Drivers can continue to expect lane closures and reduced access now into next month. Businesses throughout the project limits will be limited to right-in, right-out at their approaches, and access to Hoback Sports and Dollar Tree from Broadway will be closed for the duration of the work. Customers may access those businesses from the approach on Flat Creek Drive.

Work on stage 1 began in April. Stage 2 will take place starting Sept. 15 in order to avoid peak summer congestion.

The project scope includes extensive rehabilitation work to the deck and abutments, as well as other miscellaneous work. The work is part of a district-wide bridge rehabilitation project. The project was awarded to Cannon Builders, Inc.  WYDOT and contract crews will also begin work on the bridge over the Hoback River (Stinking Springs) at road marker 158 on US 189/191 on June 15.

The work will be similar to Flat Creek and will carry through the summer construction season. Traffic will be controlled by portable traffic signals for alternating one-way traffic at this location.

Work on Hoback Bridge near Stinking Springs is scheduled to begin June 15. Photo: WYDOT

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