City, WyDOT Give Lewis Bridge Update

Alger Street in front of the Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library is now closed. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)
Alger Street in front of the Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library is now closed. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)

The city’s project manager and an engineer for the state transportation department said the Lewis Street Bridge project in Sheridan is moving along as planned.

They shared their update with others working on, or affected by, the reconstruction in the downtown area of town, during their weekly Tuesday afternoon meeting.

City Project Manager Joe Schoen said Dow Street from Alger to Monroe will be closed now for about 3-4 weeks.

Loren Wooden, who’s the project engineer for the Wyoming Department of Transportation, said they have encountered fiber optics, but have not run into any problems.

Among those attending the meeting were Cameron Duff, who’s the director of the county library and Sean Bonnet who’s the lab manager for Sheridan Medical Laboratories. Both facilities are located in the area of the rebuild.

Duff already updated Sheridan Media last week on the book drop-off box. He said that’s been moved, temporarily, from Alger to North Brooks, at the request of the state transportation department, so patrons do not need to enter the parking lot off Alger to drop off books. The lab manager said his company that faces West Dow Street has set up a temporary back entrance to the facility.

Also attending was Jeff Wells who is the maintenance supervisor for School District 2 in Sheridan. For now, he’s listening closely to the fiber optics updates.

Ronda Holwell, who is the spokesperson for the state transportation department, said this project affects 10 land owners in the area, which is nearly a tenth of the 98 that were affected during the north Main project in 2009-10. But, she said, that does not lessen the impact.

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