By VIRGINIA GIORGIS
FORT BRIDGER – The old Lincoln Highway bridge north of Fort Bridger will be replaced this spring, according to the Wyoming Highway Department, with a completion date scheduled for Oct. 31.
CHEYENNE – The bridge crossed the Blacks Fork River north of town on County Road 221.
The bridge was originally built in the early 1920's and is in need replacement. A local effort was made to save the bridge due to its historical significance. However, residents who transport loads and other users spoke against the move due to safety features at a public hearing some time ago. WYDOT determined the bridge couldn’t be saved and bid the project.
The project was awarded to Reiman Corp. of Cheyenne for $641,565.20. The funding for this bridge replacement comes from WYDOT's Bridge Replacement Off System Program, which is a federally funded bridge replacement program created to help cities and counties reduce the number of deficient bridges that are not located on WYDOT highways and roads.
Work is scheduled to begin on March 1, tentatively and weather permitting. From the day Reiman Corp. begins work, they will have a 90-day window to complete the work and open the road and bridge back up for public use.
During construction, there will be no public access. WYDOT recommends that locals and those wishing to travel the area plan ahead accordingly.
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