Wyoming Department of Transportation crews have begun work in Lusk to install a temporary bridge to replace the one washed out by flooding June 4, according to a news release from WYDOT spokesman Jeff Goetz.

The crews have set the rebar and on Thursday they will begin pouring the concrete footings for the bridge on U.S. Highway 85 over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks.

After the concrete has cured, WYDOT crews along with a team from Acrow Corp. of America will begin assembling the nearly 200-foot modular steel bridge.

Once erected, the bridge will allow two lanes of legal load traffic to cross.

Any traffic with an oversize or overweight permit will use Wyoming Highway 270 from Manville and Lance Creek to access U.S. Highway 85.

During the two weeks of construction, U.S. Highway 85 traffic will continue to be detoured around the area by  West Griffith Boulevard, North Diamond and West Daley streets.

Speeds through the detour are 20 mph. Access to Lusk and its downtown area by U.S. Highway 85 is open.

There will be no pedestrian access across the bridge.

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