June 15th, 2010

The Wyoming Transportation Commission has awarded a $25 million contract to Wadsworth Brothers Construction of Draper Utah to build a new arch bridge over the Snake River just south of Jackson, Wyoming.

The new 780-foot-long steel girder bridge will be built on U.S. 26-89 southwest of Hoback Junction and will be three lanes wide with safety shoulders and a separated pedestrian and bicycle pathway. The project also will include construction of a roundabout at the intersection of U.S. 26-89 and U.S. 189-191 to allow safer continuous traffic flow.

The bridge will be built downstream and parallel to the existing bridge that will remain open to traffic during construction. A web camera will be installed to allow commuters to check road conditions during construction and after the bridge is complete in October 2012.

Built in 1950 of steel and concrete, the Hoback Junction Bridge is showing signs of accelerated deterioration, is located partially on an active landslide area and is vulnerable to seismic activity because it was not designed to current seismic standards.

According to the Wyoming Department of Transportation, commuter use of the highway has increased dramatically as the workforce of the Jackson area has moved into surrounding communities. To accommodate the growth, the project includes a transit stop and a bike and pedestrian path to give commuters the option of riding the bus into Jackson where they can connect with the extensive Jackson area pathway system.

Wadsworth Brothers Construction was founded in 1991 and has grown into one of the top highway and bridge contractors in the State of Utah that includes Heavy Highway/ Bridge and Structures Division; Building Division (Vertical Parking Structures); and a Pre-Cast Division. The owner and president is Guy Wadsworth, a 30-year veteran of the construction industry. In 2009, Wadsworth was recognized by The MountainWest Capital Network as one of Utah’s 100 Fasting Growing Companies.

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