Photo: Bigfoot 99.

Power project to cause delays on I-80 next week

Drivers on Interstate 80 near Fort Steele will experience temporary stops next week as Rocky Mountain Power installs electric lines over the four-lane highway.

The bundles of high-voltage lines will be connected to lattice steel superstructures that were built this summer.

Rod Fisher with RMP said 500 towers were constructed along 140 miles of RMP’s Gateway West Transmission Line. The line extends from the Aeola Substation ten miles north of Medicine Bow to Walcott Junction, then along the interstate to the Jim Bridger Power Plant near Rock Springs. The lines cross the interstate near Fort Steele.

Fisher, who is managing the project, said the overhead lines are part of a three-phase electrical system that will carry 500,000 volts of alternating current when finished.

It should be exciting to watch, too. On Monday morning, a helicopter will fly the cables over the interstate as crews connect them to the towers located on either side of I-80 at Fort Steele.

Traffic will be stopped each time one of the wires is flown over the interstate.

Work will begin Monday around 7 a.m., weather permitting, Fischer said. The Wyoming Highway Patrol with help from the Carbon County Sheriff’s Office will stop traffic in both directions at at mile-marker 229, which is just east of the Fort Steele interchange.

Once the wire is across, traffic will be allowed to flow until the next wire is ready. Drivers should expect brief delays during the fly-over operations, perhaps as long as a half-hour.

A second day of flyover operations is scheduled for Thursday. When finished, Gateway West will be the largest transmission line in Wyoming.


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E-cigarettes confiscated at Rawlins High School. Photo: Cali O’Hare/Bigfoot 99.

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