WPR News
11:17 am
Thu May 26, 2005

Togwotee Pass Work Might Be Delayed

Riverton, WY – The Wyoming Department of Transportation may not be able to start the seven-year reconstruction of Togwotee Pass this summer. WyDOT still needs a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers before it can put the project out for bid. Due to the short construction season at the high elevations of Togwotee Pass, WyDOT Spokesman Cody Beers says the longer it takes to get that permit, the less likely it is that major work can begin this year. And Beers says they would rather not be delayed because if they start this year, the contractor will be purchasing materials like pipe and steel at today's prices. He says those costs are only likely to go up next year. Beers thinks if they put the project out for bid in June, they should be able to have work done this year. If bidding is delayed any further, Beers says a contractor probably couldn't wrap up work before the start of winter on Togwotee Pass and it's likely there would only be off-highway work this summer. Beers says The Army Corps permit has to first be written in their Cheyenne office, and then approved at the district level in Omaha.