Street and utility project moving to mid-town this week

Crews began working at the intersection of Main and Oregon.
Crews began working at the intersection of Main and Oregon.

Work on the Lovell Main Street reconstruction and water and sewer project is reaching mid-town this week, project officials said, though the anticipated detour and “hard closures” on Main are about a week and a half away.

Wyoming Dept. of Transportation resident engineer Ben Steed said Tuesday that prime contractor Reiman Corp. was removing a portion of the median strip just west of Oregon Ave. Wednesday in order to divert traffic on Main to the two eastbound (south side of the median) lanes for two-way traffic. The north or westbound lanes will be closed as Wilson Brothers Construction begins work on the water line in the 200 block of East Main.

“We’ll remove about 100 feet of the median to put two-way traffic in the eastbound lanes of Main between Oregon and the end of the job at the east end,” Steed said. “It will stay that way until the 14th when, tentatively, the full detour will be set up at Pennsylvania.”

Steed said Reiman is working to complete concrete and asphalt work from Pennsylvania east before the full detour can begin.

“Wilson will move up the road with the water line work,” Steed said, “but some work can’t be done until traffic is moved.”

He said this week’s diversion will allow water line work to proceed up Main.

By David Peck