It wasn’t quite the opening they were counting on, but Friday evening, the Wyoming Department of Transportation rerouted traffic on US Highway 26/89 across the newly-built Snake River Canyon Bridge at Hoback Junction – or at least two lanes of it anyway. District Engineer Bob Hammond explains that some work still remains on a bridge guard rail and the approach to the northbound side, so for now, traffic will be separated from that work by concrete barriers. He says the guard rail will take about another week to be done, but the contractor still has about another six or seven months to be completely done with the job. The opening of the bridge was quite unceremonious, but Hammond says a more formal commemoration of the bridge completion will take place later in the year. Meanwhile, he says demolition of the old bridge will begin immediately. He says they will be working on that project to get it done quickly an in an efficient manner. Once that is completed, Hammond says work can begin on stabilizing the hillside on the west side of the river.