A four-year joint project between the Wyoming Department of Transportation and the city of Sheridan is nearly complete and ahead of schedule.

Over the past three summers, District 4 has been working on the reconstruction of North Main Street and the relocation and construction of a new Interstate 90 diamond interchange west of the original entrance into north Sheridan.

This $46.4 million project began in July 2016 with an expected completion date of October 2019. The project is currently ahead of schedule. Crews completed the majority of the work for 2018. Weather limitations did not allow for the paving of the waring course on the I-90 stretch but will be completed next spring once temperature requirements are met. Crews will also complete additional landscaping and work on the city of Sheridan’s pathway system in the spring.

“The city of Sheridan is participating in funding over and above normal project enhancements to make the New Western Gateway into the city a very welcoming experience for the public,” said Jim Evensen, WYDOT District 4 Construction engineer.

This season’s project included the completion of the rehabilitation of the eastbound lane and bridge of I-90, the reconstruction of North Main Street from Goose Creek south to Fort Road and East 17th Street and the realignment of those two intersections. The realignment of Fort Road and 17th Street met some challenges with right-of-way negotiations. Temporary paving has been put in place for the winter with hopes that the realignment will be completed next spring.

Additional work included underground utility, reconstruction of the existing roadway, lighting and landscaping enhancements, and the addition of 10-foot sidewalks with ADA accessibility.

“The New Western Gateway to the city of Sheridan includes a wealth of pedestrian opportunities to enjoy the natural beauty of our area,” said Evensen.

It is one of the largest urban projects done to date by WYDOT. This joint venture project between WYDOT, the city of Sheridan, High Country Construction and Reiman Corporation set a precedent for future projects.

“It is refreshing to witness innovation by our Wyoming Contractors partnering together to be able to meet the needs of the State’s changing transportation system,” said Evensen.

WYDOT, the city of Sheridan and the North Main Association are planning a ribbon-cutting ceremony for next summer.

For information about WYDOT’s work, contact WYDOT public relations specialist Laura Dalles at 307- 674-2356 or 307-752-3022.

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