Evansville Bridge Project Seeks Funding to Become a Reality

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The Town of Evansville is nearly landlocked with the only three entrances crossing railroad tracks.

Nearly a year ago, Casper Metropolitan Planning workers came up with an idea to build a road near the Evansville cemetery.

The road would be built using the cemetery bridge, creating an alternate route from Evansville.

So where does the project stand?

News 13's Tyler Waggenspack reports the project hasn't started yet since town staff are looking for funds to pave way for construction.

The Town of Evansville is only accessible by driving over railroad tracks. Nearly a year ago, plans were mapped out for building a road near the cemetery.

"We are now in the process of trying to find the money to build the road," said Mayor Phil Hinds of Evansville.

The proposal would build a road, allowing cars to cut left and head west back towards Casper. The price tag? Nearly $2,000,000. Mayor Hinds says they were hoping legislators would help out.

"We had to wait until after the legislative session to see if we got some money there and we didn't. So we're now probably, well not probably we are going to apply to the Wyoming Business Council for some help there."

Without the road, emergency access for first responders is difficult.
"We could not get out of town across railroad tracks to cover our other response areas and stuff like that or we had a delay. And we've had upward delays of, you know, probably eight minutes at the most,” said Assistant Chief Matt Gacke of the Evansville Fire Department.

"Veterans administrators gave Evansville town staff the permission to use the bridge. Although there are no roads, except one that lead out of the cemetery, emergency services staff believe it will create an easy access point."

"The road would give us a big advantage, not just for us as emergency responders for the town citizens."

But for now, Mayor Hinds says it’s a waiting game.

"It may take longer, but I think eventually that road will be installed over there."

The road project's original costs were around $4 to $5 million.

Mayor Hinds says that amount included building a separate bridge with the road.

However, veterans administrators gave them permission to connect the road and current bridge, cutting back costs.