Main Street goes High-Tech
It’s hard to tell, but the Wyoming Department of Transportation’s resurfacing project for Main Street is already underway.
In mid-December, survey monuments were installed in the pathways and streets as part of the survey stage.
“It’s a standard method that the Wyoming Department of Transportation utilizes to get terrain data, elevations, and specific coordinates for any project we do,” said WYDOT Public Information Specialist Laura Dalles.
Before the project breaks ground in 2023, these sensors will help develop a terrain model that will also include earthwork computations; in other words, it calculates how much dirt will need to be brought in or removed for the project.
A plane uses photogrammetry as it flies over these little gadgets as part of the survey.
Dalles said the project is in the preliminary stages, and no design has been set in stone. The city is still collecting input on how to best utilize the traffic flow to make Main Street more pedestrian friendly and also encourage local businesses.
“We do have some restrictions and limitations on what we can do in that roadway, because it is a state highway,” Dalles added.
Once all the survey data and community input is gathered, the final approval for the project design will come from WYDOT.