The Natrona County Commissioners are pleased to announce that construction that has been taking place on the new bridge located on CR 407 Kortes Road has been completed and the bridge is now receiving all traffic not exceeding legal load limits. The bridge crosses the North Platte River below Alcova Dam and it serves as access to Alcova and Pathfinder Reservoirs as well as the Miracle Mile area.
In August of 2010, the Road and Bridge Department applied for funding from the Bridge Replacement Off System (BROS) program to help replace three bridges. This program was offered by the State of Wyoming Department of Transportation to all Counties in Wyoming. The application for the Alcova Bridge was one of three received, the other two bridges are still in the design phase.
The estimated cost of the bridge replacement was $3,952,300.00 of which Natrona County was responsible for funding approximately 9.5% of that cost. Natrona County also received a SLIB grant in the amount of $610,800 to apply toward the cost of the reconstruction. During the design phase of this project the bridge actually fell subject to a serious degradation of its supporting structure in July 2015 and the County had to fund emergency engineering and repairs totaling $400,000.00 prior to any new reconstruction taking place. The bridge was limited to light loads and single lane traffic for approximately one year. Then the reconstruction project was bid out by WYDOT. The contractor that submitted the lowest bid was unable to fulfill their obligation to construct the bridge and this put the project one more year behind pushing construction into 2019.
We would sincerely like to thank WYDOT, the Bureau of Reclamation, Wyoming Game & Fish, the Town of Alcova, Rubis Land Co., LLC and the Ranchers and General Public for their understanding, patience and support in seeing this project through completion.
Further inquiries can be submitted to Mike Haigler, Natrona County Road & Bridge Superintendent at (307) 235-9311.