North Sheridan Interchange on Track for Early Completion
The North Sheridan Interchange, a four-year joint project between the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) and the city of Sheridan, is on track to be completed ahead of schedule.
Over three summers, starting in 2016, WYDOT District 4 has been reconstructing North Main Street and constructing a new Interstate 90 diamond interchange west of the original freeway entrance into north Sheridan.
The $46.4 million project began in July 2016 with an expected completion date of October 2019. According to WYDOT, the project is currently ahead of schedule.
The majority of work scheduled for 2018 has already been completed. Due to weather, paving of the top layer on the I-90 stretch has been rescheduled until next spring. Additional landscaping and work on the city of Sheridan’s pathway system will also occur 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, in a press release.
This summer, crews completed rehabilitation of the eastbound lane and bridge of I-90, reconstruction of North Main Street from Goose Creek south to Fort Road and East 17thStreet, and realignment of those two intersections. WYDOT says that 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.
Additional work completed this summer included underground utilities, 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.
The North Sheridan Interchange is one of the largest urban projects ever undertaken by WYDOT.
“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.