SHERIDAN — The city of Sheridan began soliciting public feedback Tuesday on plans to renovate the city’s East Fifth Street Corridor, stretching from Broadway Street to the Interstate 90 Interchange.
DOWL, the engineering firm the city hired in February to design the project, will collect public input over the summer and incorporate it into a plan for renovations along the corridor.
Construction on the corridor is tentatively scheduled to begin in Spring 2020 with expected completion in Fall 2020.
The city plans to fund the project using revenues from the Capital Facilities Tax and the Optional One-Cent Sales Tax.
Sheridan Public Works Director Lane Thompson said the city will be accepting public input on the future of the East Fifth Street Corridor through August 1, and the consultants will not begin finalizing plans until that input period ends.
“We try never to start real design until we’ve talked to the public, so the public has a chance to speak and tell us what they like and what they don’t like,” Thompson said.
The city has long discussed renovating the corridor, but those discussions have been mostly conceptual until recently. In 2008, the future of the East Fifth Street Corridor came up during the Sheridan County Comprehensive Plan process and in 2012, the city accepted a consultants’ study that detailed several potential improvements to the corridor. Sheridan’s city council listed making improvements along the Fifth Street Corridor as one of its priorities during a strategic planning session in January. Council discussed both aesthetic improvements along the corridor, to make it a more enticing entryway into the city, and enhancements to utilities along the corridor to prepare sections of the area should the city eventually use them for housing.
Dale Lee, an engineer with DOWL, said the project design will draw on the 2012 plan, but his firm will draft a blueprint that accommodates public preferences and controls costs.
Lee said DOWL is exploring landscaping, sidewalk and lighting changes that will both create an aesthetic continuity with other sections of the city and improve pedestrian and driver safety along the corridor.
“The overreaching goal of this project is to tie in Main Street, North Main Street and the new Sheridan interchange and have it all look as one uniform, nice project,” Lee said. “But we also want it to be very safe.”
The East Fifth Street corridor incorporates several different zoning designations and the consultants plan to accommodate that by considering the area as three different sections: the residential district, the railroad district and the hospitality district.
Lisa Olmstead, a consultant with DOWL, said residents can mark and comment on specific features along the corridor using an interactive online map, which they can access at: https://dowl.mysocialpinpoint.com/east-5th-street-corridor-project. Residents can also reach out to the consultants directly through the site.