Monday, June 9, marks the start of road reconstruction work on Afton’s main street on the 400-block under the Elkhorn Arch.
Wyoming Department of Transportation Resident Engineer Mike Garner said all of the construction work will be focused on that one-block area in order to minimize the amount of time businesses will be impacted.
“The contract superintendent will be working with local businesses,” explained Garner. “The plan is to concentrate on that area and get that done before we move on to anything else.”
Additional work on the Afton project includes installation of sidewalks and gutters.
Sidewalks will also be reconstructed on Afton’s main street and new sidewalks will be installed on the south end of the community that will connect to the new bike path. The path was constructed along with a new five-lane highway installed between Afton and Fairview Lane in the summer of 2013.
Sidewalks will be constructed to federal ADA standards. Sidewalk construction is expected in mid June.
Contract completion for the Afton main street project is required by the end of October, however Garner anticipates the work will conclude earlier.
“It’s scheduled for an Oct. 31 completion, but we think it will be done by the end of August,” Garner told the Star Valley Independent earlier in the spring. “We want to try and get in and out of there as quickly as possible.”
Additional leveling and compaction work is expected at some locations on main street in order to correct damaged areas associated with the installation of the Afton water system in 2007.
Two-way traffic will be maintained throughout the construction project.
WYDOT has contracted with DePatco on the $2.7 million project that calls for highway milling of the five-lane throughout Afton.
In Thayne, the town is installing a new water system, with crews working first on the west side and then moving to the east, in order to accommodate traffic.
A concrete T-cap will be installed when the work is complete to help avoid the uneven surface Afton experienced in an earlier water line replacement project.
WYDOT will resurface Thayne’s main street once the project is complete. The resurface work could occur late this year or early next.
The $1.2 million project is expected to be complete by July 4. Sunrise Engineering and ABC are overseeing the Thayne Waterline project.
The Etna to Alpine road project will be reviewed again at a public meeting in the Star Valley Community Complex (Etna Community Center) on July 8. The meeting will feature an open-house from 6 to 8 p.m.
One possible plan for U.S. Highway 89 between Etna and Alpine includes reducing the project from a five-lane to a four-lane project.
Early geologic tests at the bridges along Wyoming 238 (Afton-Auburn) has been completed.
Reconstruction and widening of the highway is on the WYDOT 2017-2018 schedule.