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Roads project progressing

Posted: Friday, Oct 5th, 2012

TORRINGTON – The bridge-building and utility movement portions of the U.S. Highway 85 realignment project is starting to take shape.

According to a release from WYDOT resident engineer Buck Klemola, Summers Construction is continuing the adjustment and relocation of a water line running on the north side of U.S. Highway 26 from halfway between East E and East F streets in front of Family Dollar. The work calls for the installation of a water valve and reducers, which would mean the line would have to be isolated and temporarily shut off. This will not impact resident water use, but businesses between East F and I streets will be without water for a few hours. Workers with Summers Construction are expected to complete work on a 24-inch storm sewer on 17th Avenue between East E and F streets this week. Seventeenth Avenue will be down to one lane at times with traffic directed by flaggers.

Caylor and Genz Earth Movers will continue dirt work on the south side of the railroad tracks near St. Joseph’s Children’s Home. Caylor and Genz workers are working on removing sidewalk, curb, gutter and asphalt at East F Street to prepare the ground for the retaining wall and bridge foundation.

Workers with Reiman Corp. are starting to form the foundation for the bridge central support between the highway and railroad tracks. They were slated to pour the first of three footings for the support on Wednesday.

In other construction news, workers with the city of Torrington have removed a power line running along F Street between Highway 26 and 17th Street.

Reiman Corp. requests the public to stay clear of the east 1700 block of E and F streets to U.S. Highway 26. Construction activity will be increasing on the highway between Maverik and Family Dollar. Eastbound traffic on U.S. Highway 26 will be diverted to the left turn lane. F Street is closed between Highway 26 and East 17th Avenue, and 16th Avenue is closed at F Street.

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