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South Riverton highway plans to expand

Aug 19, 2012 - From staff reports

A proposed improvement project to widen Wyoming 789 south of Riverton will be the subject of an Aug. 21 public meeting at Riverton City Hall.

The public meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at Riverton City Hall, 816 N. Federal Blvd, and Fremont County residents and interested people are encouraged to attend.

The Riverton South highway improvement project is tentatively scheduled for 2015.

"The purpose of the project is to widen the existing roadway (Wyoming 789) to a five-lane section immediately south of Riverton beginning at the Big Wind River bridge for 1.5 miles to the south past Wind River Hotel and Casino and Beaver Creek Housing," Robert Scheidemantel, Wyoming Department of Transportation resident engineer in Riverton, said.

"Expected improvements include grading, placement of crushed gravel, widening the of the highway and asphalt pavement surfacing, widening of the Little Wind River bridge, and other improvements," Scheidemantel said.

Scheidemantel said the improvements are being designed to improve highway safety and allow for expected traffic capacity increases over the next 20 years.

"Average daily traffic in 2006 at Wyoming 789's junction with Wyoming 137 (17 Mile Road) was 11,000 vehicles and 510 trucks. Anticipated average daily traffic of this intersection in 2032 is 19,377 vehicles and 760 trucks," Scheidemantel said.

For the years 1997 to 2006, there were 150 crashes documented on this section of Wyoming 789. Of those, 59 (39.3 percent) involved wildlife or livestock, and 54 (36 percent) involved another vehicle.

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