SHERIDAN – A traffic light at the intersection of East Fifth Street and North Sheridan Avenue is scheduled to be installed beginning the week of March 14.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation commission awarded Casper Electric a $482,955.70 contract to install the signal. Casper Electric and its six Wyoming-based contractors are expected to complete the installation by May 19, 2022. The cost of this signal is being funded from Highway Safety Improvement Program funds.
This signal will relieve travelers who turn left during the rush hours they encounter daily.
In addition to installing the traffic light at this intersection, contractors will remove existing sidewalks and install new American with Disabilities Act compliant sidewalks, removing and replacing trees and removing and replacing concrete paving. at the intersection.
In order to widen the turning radius at the intersection, tall poplars will be removed to allow for a wider intersection. Tree removal will also increase the distance from the site for motorists.
During this construction period, contractors are required to keep two lanes of traffic open on Fifth Street. Due to the nature and location of the project, once concrete paving of the intersection has begun, there may be short periods of lane closures and detours in place. A notification will be given to the public at that time.
This signal is the first step in the Downtown Sheridan Association’s City of Sheridan East Fifth Street Corridor Project. Fifth Street is one of three entrances to Sheridan and connects downtown to Interstate 90. This proposed corridor, which runs from Crook Street to Lincoln Drive, will provide an aesthetic and welcoming ambiance to Sheridan, organizers said. .
The project will be carried out under the funding program of the Surface Transportation Program — Urban Systems (STPU). The STPU is a federally funded road construction program to help urban cities meet the road and street needs created by increased traffic generation, changes in traffic usage patterns soils and other community development features.
This project is budgeted at $2 million and requires a local matchmaking ratio of 90% federal and 10% local.
WYDOT is overseeing the project, but once completed it will be turned over to the city for future maintenance.
Future plans for the corridor include installing sidewalks, adding decorative lighting and landscaping. This corridor project is expected to be leased on March 10, at which time a contractor will be identified, and work will begin in late spring 2022.