New arch bridge being constructed over Snake River
by Wyoming Department of Transportation
September 7, 2011
Work progresses on the new Snake River Bridge at Hoback Junction. An enormous 600-ton crane will be moved to the construction site the first week of September for moving large pieces of steel that will comprise the new arch bridge to replace the current bridge. Construction and the switch to the new bridge is expected in 2012.
The crane will be riverside on the construction site for three months. During that time, river users will be directed to float down the Snake River on either one side of the river or the other, to be on the opposite side of the river from the crane and active construction areas. All river users will be directed to be away from the active bridge construction for safety reasons. WYDOT will be using a flagger on the river to direct river users and provide on-site information.
The crane will be on river left starting the first week of September. During the three months that crane will be operating, river users will still be able to use the Snake River near the construction area, however, safety will require that river users follow directions from a flagger upstream of the project.
There will be times when passage through the construction project will not be allowed.
Additional information will be available through the project website (www.hobackbridge.com), flyers posted at South Park and Wilson boat launches, the media, Facebook, text and internet updates.
Construction work is expected to continue through November.
The Hoback Junction traffic roundabout is also being constructed and is expected to be paved in September, with use following shortly after. Both the bridge and roundabout projects are causing minimal traffic delays currently.