A Planning Process Has Started to Structure Community Transportation

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CASPER, Wyo. In an effort to update the 2014 long-range transportation plan for Casper and neighboring communities such as Mills, Evansville, and Bar Nunn, Casper area metropolitan planning organization, city, and town leaders, along with residents work collaboratively to improve transportation for the next 30 years.

Focus areas include growth scenarios, redevelopment areas, bicycle paths, congestion, safety zones, and transit among others.

There are areas to improve within Casper and some ideas involve incorporating neighboring towns into the city.

"I think having all of the towns connected to each other is important, but I think each of those towns also has or has an aspiration to have their own things to do. I think having people from Casper having an easy way to get out the Hangar in Bar Nunn, for example, is something that a lot of people around the region would appreciate, so really getting those back and forth connections is part of what we're trying to help think through." Said Paul Moore, the Connecting Crossroads Consultant Project manager.

Paul Moore and his team notice the strong trail system and believe there are untapped opportunities to safely incorporate into the area.

Project members also emphasized complete streets which are easy for eight-year-olds, 80-year-olds, and everyone in between to use.

Ideally, everyone can cross streets, walk to retail or restaurants, access transit, and use bicycles for travel.

Some of the areas we are already familiar with have room to improve as well.

"Some of the things we've seen are long crossing distances, crossings that leave users vulnerable, narrow sidewalks and rolled curbs that can be mounted by vehicles."

Poplar and CY Avenue is an area data shows could use improvements in terms of safety by changing the infrastructure to discourage reckless driving and protect pedestrians.

"I think we really do want to get the community to take a look at whether building roads out in the green fields or in the empty areas makes the most sense to whether addressing things like cy and some of the congested and unsafe intersection is a way to spend the dollars. We don't have the answer to that yet, but I think it's a dialogue we want to have with the community and make sure that the residents of the Casper area put their stamp on those decisions." Said Moore

The stamp has a while to go before it is presented to city and town leaders, but you have a big say in what our community will look like for the next 30 years.