SHERIDAN — More trees and flowers, wider sidewalks and a few places to sit and watch the world go by were the main requests at an open house held Tuesday to discuss enhancements to North Main from Fort Road to the old port of entry.
Representatives from the North Main Association, the City of Sheridan and the Wyoming Department of Transportation were on hand to gather input from the public on how they want North Main to look and feel as a proposed construction project moves forward. For discussion purposes, the North Main project has been divided into three phases: Fort Road to the old port of entry, the old port of entry to the new I-90 interchange, and the interchange and proposed Gateway Park.
“We’re trying to make it a lot more welcoming to everyone,” City Project Manager Joe Schoen said. The city is largely responsible for the enhancement portion of the North Main project. Schoen said the city hopes to continue the enhancements added during construction from downtown to Fifth street such as trees, flower planters, decorative lighting, signage, statues and other artwork.
Schoen said several business owners expressed concern about access to businesses during construction. He said that would be a primary concern and that access would be maintained.
The City of Sheridan will contribute funding through optional one-cent sales tax funds and water and sewer funds.