City Mulls Main Street Traffic Test Extension
The City of Sheridan will decide tonight whether to extend the Main Street Lane Configuration test that was scheduled to end Sunday, Sept. 8. The extension would allow city staff and the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) time to review the data being collected, including traffic counts, survey responses, and public comments.
In a memo to the mayor and city council ahead of tonight’s meeting, City Engineer Hanns Mercer reported that nearly 800 responses to the online survey had been received as of Aug. 29. Of those, approximately 62 percent felt positive about the lane configuration, while 29 percent felt negative, and 9 percent were neutral.
The recommendation to reduce the number of lanes on Main Street originated from the City’s 2018 Streetscape Action Plan to increase placemaking opportunities and also increase retail and restaurant activities.
WYDOT plans to restripe Main Street immediately following the test since the original striping is worn. Extending the test an additional three weeks, using the current temporary striping, would allow time to make the final decision whether the striping should be for the original four-lane design or the configuration used for the test.
In the memo, Mercer noted that with the positive public response, it would be feasible to continue with the new three-lane configuration until the full reconstruction of Main Street begins in 2023. The increased test period would also allow staff to determine what additional changes would be necessary to make the test more permanent.
Mercer explained that one possibility is to remove one traffic light signal head, while realigning the remaining signal over the drive lane.
The City’s original budget for the test configuration is $75,000. However the total cost to date, according to the memo is just over $47,000.
Tonight’s Sheridan City Council meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. A public meeting on the test lane configuration is also scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. in the hospital conference room.