Entire highway to be rebuilt thru town

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Project set to begin in 2018 could last more than a full year

The portion of Highway 16 that makes up Newcastle’s Main Street was reconstructed several years ago, and WYDOT is going to tackle the rest of that thoroughfare’s route through town next year.

On May 8, the Wyoming Department of Transportation hosted a public meeting at the Weston County Senior Center to share maps and information on a “significant road project” that is anticipated to begin in 2018. An official start date is still unknown, and is not expected to be known until at least a month after the bid opening date that is scheduled for October 12.

The project, according to Joni Kachelhoffer, will start near the West End Lounge and continue to The Hop, through the Port of Entry intersection and over the bypass all the way out to Dixon Brothers. While most of the project will consist of simply milling and resurfacing the highway, both the intersection near the port of entry and the 4-way stop near Shopko, where Highway 16 and Highway 85 intersect, will be completely reconstructed.

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