City or Town you represent: Pinedale
City of Town you live in or nearest to: Pinedale
City, Town or County department: Director of Public Works
I am interested in: Multiple Types of Active Transportation Projects, Including Trails
Do you want to tell us about specific projects? Yes
Project Type: Walkable Main Street Project
Project Jurisdiction: WYDOT
Project Location (nearest Town or City or Statewide): Pinedale
Project Location (description):
Zip Code of Project: 82941
Project House District: H20-Lincoln, Sublette, Counties
Project Character of Work:
Complete Street Design/Construction to adequately address capacity needs of US191 as well as promote healthy and safe downtown connectivity/walkability.
Project Cost Estimate: $3-5 million
WYDOT has the US 191 Rehabilitation Project in the WYUDOT STIP for 2026-2027 with potential opportunity to move the project up due to stimulus. WYDOT has coordinated with the Town on this potential accelerated schedule of which the Town of Pinedale is working to enter into an ARS to complete sewer replacement simultaneously with the project. The Town also had the opportunity to meet with WYDOT regarding the US 191 Rehab project back in May/June of 2021. The Town has major concerns with the current scope of work being proposed by WYDOT and expressed those concerns in the site visit as well as a letter issued to WYDOT dated June 3, 2021. No response has been received from WYDOT with regards to the letter.
The current scope for the WYDOT project is a complete depth rehabilitation on the highway. Pinedale, like many other communities in Wyoming, is presented with a challenge with a state highway navigating through the main street of the Town. It is challenging to both serve the needs of the highway system (efficiently move goods and people) while also serving the needs of a downtown community (i.e. walkability, visually appealing, multiple busy intersection, and helping the local economy healthily grow). It is our desire to balance these as best as possible. The current scope does nothing to address many identified pedestrian safety issues though our main street or any other items that make the project help to sustain and grow Pinedale over the next 20 years. Projects such as this should absolutely focus more on a multi-modal approach to better sustain transportation needs and economic develop needs of the future. The Town would like to request major efforts from the state to better evaluate the needs of this highway system through a multi-modal approach.
Since the meeting with WYDOT, the Town has been successful in getting a WYDOT planning grant to aid in a transportation planning study for our Town as well as have been successful in getting a Pine Street/US 191 Pedestrian Safety Project Engineering and Design grant from the WYDOT TAP program. The goal of these projects is to better identify and work towards long term transportation solutions for our community. Our hope is that the Rehabilitation project will reconsider the scope of work to approach major concerns around the current system. A complete street scope focused on not only vehicular traffic but taking into account walkability, pedestrian safety, and beautification would get the state much more bang for the buck in the long term. The Town will provide the letter to WYDOT dated June 3, 2021 upon request.
Thank you for the opportunity to comment. Pinedale, like many other Wyoming Towns, needs greater support in developing sustainable, smart transportation improvements. With the right support, federal, state, and local dollars can make a much greater impact on our communities and state. I hope this survey can help develop better planned, safer, sustainable, and more economically beneficial projects for Pinedale and other Wyoming Towns. Thank you for the opportunity.