Evansville May Have Secondary Access

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The town of Evansville only has three entrances, all of which cross railroad tracks. For people living in Evansville, there's always a risk they will get trapped in the city if a train stalls or derails. The Casper Metropolitan Planning Organization spent the last nine months planning alternate routes in and out of Evansville. After considering many options, the organization made its decision. But that doesn't mean the road will be finished anytime soon.
The town of Evansville is landlocked. The only way in and out of the city is to cross railroad tracks.
"Currently, Evansville is blocked at three different at-grade rail crossings throughout the town. And those crossings are spaced close enough that a train could block all three at any given time," says Andrew Nelson, Metropolitan Planning Manager.
"Well, certainly if there was a disaster that took place and you only had a single egress out of Evansville it would only be logical if there was a disaster that you had a secondary egress out of Evansville in order to get the citizens of Evansville out of the disaster area," explains Sgt. Aaron Shatto with the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office.
Recently the Veteran's Administration allowed Evansville to use the Cemetery Bridge. Right now, the road leads only to the Veteran's Cemetery.
"So that opens up all sorts of opportunities in terms of actually making a second connection out of town on the north side of the river."
Metropolitan planning organization officials now believe the best idea is to build a 2 1/2 mile road north of the cemetery.
The road's price tag? Four to five million dollars. To put it into perspective, that roughly the city of Evansville's entire operating budget for one year.
With no clear way to fund the road, Evansville may stay landlocked for the foreseeable future.
News 13 reached out to Evansville Mayor Phil Hinds, but he did not return our call. Nelson says a long-term plan could include other roads, but this is the best option for now.