JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Pack a lunch if you commute to Jackson from down south.
The Jackson South Project is ready to get underway as crews from Wadsworth Brothers Construction Company and the Wyoming Department of Transportation met this week to discuss work schedules and mobilization of equipment. Motorists can expect seeing action on South Highway 89 beginning Monday.
“People are going to see a lot of work going on this summer. They have a very aggressive schedule,” said resident engineer Bob Hammond.
The project to improve the US 26/89/189/191 corridor south of Jackson will include added lanes, bridge replacements and improvements, wildlife connectivity underpasses and fencing, as well as a pedestrian/bicyclist pathway.
The Jackson South Project is broken into two parts. The north section will include highway from mileposts 145-149, which is near the WYDOT shop to South Park Loop Road at Melody Ranch. Work there will include new pavement, widening, added lanes, turnouts, pathways and landscaping, bridgework, as well as various other improvements. It’s this portion that will be started first next week.
The second half of the Jackson South project is the south section, from mileposts 141 to 145 (Hoback Junction to the WYDOT shop). Work there will include new pavement, widening, added lanes, turnouts, pathways and landscaping, bridgework, and other improvements.
Crews will begin with restriping and narrower lanes next week, so heavy equipment operators can begin moving dirt. In some areas, turning lanes will be temporarily removed, but crews will maintain two-way traffic. Crews will keep two lanes of traffic open during commuter hours and do their best to minimize impacts to motorists during other times.
The project was awarded to Wadsworth Brothers Construction Company on April 20, 2017 for $33.3 million. It is scheduled to be a two-year construction project. The work is required to be completed by June 30, 2019. Wadsworth Brothers anticipates being able to finish early—maybe the fall of 2018.
WYDOT is reminding motorists to slow down in construction zones and prepare in advance to expect some delays. And stay in the loop; know before you go.