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Construction for a long awaited replacement bridge from the east side of Laramie to the west is about to begin. The current Clark street bridge that runs over Laramie’s train tracks has connected the city the city for 53 years, but faced a number of safety concerns. The new bridge will be located on Harney street.

Wyoming Department of Transportation engineer Steve Cook said the current structure is too weak for rehabilitation and its materials will not be used in the construction of the new bridge.

Wyoming’s highways rank third in the nation in performance and efficiency.  That’s according to an annual highway report by the Reason Foundation, a non-profit think tank that studies public policy.  Author David Hartgen says Wyoming gets a lot less money than other states, but spends it well.

Crews have replaced a culvert on a Wyoming highway were four members of a Colorado Springs family drowned when the road washed out last summer.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation says the temporary bridge on Wyo. 130 has been replaced by a permanent box culvert. The roadway, about 20 miles southeast of Saratoga, is now open to two-way traffic.

The family from Colorado Springs family drove into the washed-out section of mountain highway last July. They were washed away as they fled torrential rains at a national forest campground at night.