More road construction slated for Riverton in 2020; Downtown travel lanes to be rebuilt.

The deteriorating curbs and gutters in downtown Riverton will be replaced along with the traffic lanes in a consolidated project scheduled for 2020. Photo by Ernie Over

The Wyoming Department of Transportation revealed today that another full season of construction activity will take place in Riverton in 2020.

This year is the final year of the two year-long reconstruction of North Federal Boulevard, work which commenced on April 1st.

Speaking at a Tuesday morning meeting at Riverton City Hall, WYDOT’s Cody Beers said a decision was made Monday to consolidate several projects into one and put them on the calendar for next year. The projects include an upgrade of ADA Ramps along West Main Street which had already been publicized, plus installation of a traffic signal at West Main and Major Avenue and a major renovation of Highway 26 through downtown Riverton. That latter project is the new one.

Beers said the three projects had been scheduled separately in different years, but additional funding was found to combine them into one big project. The work will be put out to bid in July with work expected to begin at the start of the construction season next year.

The most work intensive part of the project will be the rebuilding of the two traffic lanes on Main Street in Riverton’s Downtown. Beers said the concrete surface of the lanes will be milled off, a rubberized two-inch thick material will be added to the road base and an asphalt overlay will be put down. The concrete parking lanes will remain intact. Deteriorating curbs and gutters will also be replaced in the downtown, Beers said. He said the main concrete traffic lanes through downtown are showing their age and have begun to crack and break up.

This year Beers said the second and phase of the reconstruction of the Blue Sky Highway, Wyoming 132 is already underway. The project includes the installation of a pedestrian/bicycle path between Ethete and Wyoming Indian Elementary School at Mill Creek. When completed the new pathway will connect with an existing pathway and extend all the way to Fort Washakie.