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Engineer Dave Shultz outlined initial plans for the Riverview Road reconstruction in West Riverton.

Riverview Road rebuild set

Feb 2, 2012 - By Emily Etheredge Staff Writer

Plans are in the works for a 2013 reconstruction of Riverview Road between Augusta Drive and Rein Road in Riverton, and the Wyoming Department of Transportation is asking for input on the project.

Members of the community discussed proposed ideas for the project at a public meeting/open house Tuesday at Riverton City Hall.

Wyoming Department of Transportation public relations specialist Cody Beers opened the discussion by inviting anyone in the community to submit their comments about the project by Feb. 15.

"We really want to capture what the public would like to happen with this project, and everything is still in the works, so nothing is set in stone at this point," Beers said. "If you have an idea, or something you would like to see happen, please send your comments our way."

The improvement project involves reconstruction of Riverview Road, which includes the Riverview Road/Hill Street intersection, and the addition of a canal crossing.

A resident asked whether the project would include a wildlife crossing when the bridge is built. The question was directed to Dave Shultz of Sage Engineering, who has been working on the project.

"Not at this time, because it would require a lot more road," Shultz said. "The road we are building ... will allow for better vision. Hopefully it will reduce the number of animal collisions, but we kind of ruled it out very early due to the expense and real estate necessary."

Riverton public services director Bill Urbigkit said he would like to see speeds decreased along the road and feels it would improve driving conditions if the speed limit was changed.

"The speed limit along that road is already high, and I am worried that with a newly paved road people will feel more freedom to speed," Urbigkit said. "I am hoping we can get the speed limit reduced in that area."

A resident asked what the route would be like during construction and whether delays would be expected as construction begins.

"We will not close the road during construction, and the most I can see would be a 10-minute delay for anyone travelling that road during construction," Shultz said.

"But we will never close that road."

For anyone who was unable to attend the meeting Jan. 31, the Wyoming Department of Transportation will accept comments through Feb. 15. Submissions can be e-mailed to cody.beers@wyo.gov or mailed to P.O. Box 1784, Riverton, WY 82501.

"We just appreciate everyone that came out to this meeting," Beers said. "It shows us people are genuinely concerned with the outcome of this project. We invite as many comments or concerns because nothing is set in stone, and we want to listen to what people have to say."

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