Laramie UPRR Overpass named ‘Project of the Year’

February 19, 2019

ProjectYear.jpgCHEYENNE, Wyo. – The Laramie UPRR Overpass, also known as the new Snowy Range Road Bridge, won the title of Project of the Year at the Wyoming Engineering Society convention in Cheyenne on Feb. 7.

WYDOT won the award along with the city of Laramie and Laramie-based Trihydro, which was the project’s design engineering consultant.

The new structure, which carries WYO 130 and 230 over the Union Pacific Railroad in Laramie, was completed in 2018. It features four vehicular travel lanes, a multi-use path, and a sidewalk, as well as lighting and decorative fencing. 

In addition, the project included a new routing of Snowy Range Road on Laramie’s west side, the widening of a bridge over the Laramie River, landscaping, utility work, and the demolition of the old Clark Street Viaduct.

The entire project cost about $23.5 million and was completed ahead of schedule and under budget. It is one of the largest capital construction projects to take place in Laramie outside of the University of Wyoming.

A public ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on July 16, 2018, which was attended by around 200 dignitaries and Laramie residents. Traffic was permitted on the bridge later that day.
WYDOT’s Steve Cook was the resident engineer for the project.

“We’re honored to receive WES’s Project of the Year award,” said Tom DeHoff, district engineer for District 1, based in Laramie. “The success of this project was the result of the hard work of our WYDOT employees, our consultants and contractors, the city of Laramie, and numerous other organizations, residents, and businesses in the community.”

“We’re always proud to contribute to projects in our local communities,” said Claudia Torrence, Trihydro’s senior engineer and project manager. “This project hits particularly close to home because many of us get to use the bridge every day and see its positive impact firsthand.”

For information about this news release, contact WYDOT District 1 public information specialist Matt Murphy at (307) 745-2142.