Ground Broken for North Main Interchange

City, state and county officials join in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new North Main Interchange. (Photo by Pat Blair)
City, state and county officials join in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new North Main Interchange. (Photo by Pat Blair)

In ceremonies at 2 p.m. Monday attended by Gov. Matt Mead and state, county and city officials, ground was broken for the new North Main Interchange in Sheridan.

Sheridan Mayor John Heath said cost estimates have ranged from $38 to $45 million for what's one of the largest projects the Wyoming Department of Transportation has undertaken.

In his address to those attending the event, Gov. Mead said when the project was done, it would be first class.

Other speakers during the event included Sen. Dave Kinskey, who was mayor of Sheridan when plans for the interchange and the general improvement of Sheridan's North Main area were launched. He talked about the beginnings in an interview with Sheridan Media before the ceremonies started.

Also speaking were Heath, Sheridan County Commission Chairman Bob Rolston, State Rep. Rosie Berger and Butch Jellis, co-owner of the Wrench Ranch which provided the land for the interchange. Jellis said he and Neltje bought the ranch in 1995.

Scott Taylor, who's district construction engineer with WYDOT, said minor dirt work and utility work have already been under way on the project for about a month. He said the project is scheduled for completion in October 2019.

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Truman Ropes Good, at podium, performs a tribal blessing for the project. Behind him is Gov. Matt Mead and, at right, Butch Jellis. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Truman Ropes Good, at podium, performs a tribal blessing for the project. Behind him is Gov. Matt Mead and, at right, Butch Jellis. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Gov. Matt Mead. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Gov. Matt Mead. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Other speakers included Butch Jellis. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Other speakers included Butch Jellis. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Sen. Dave Kinskey speaks with some of the attendees before event stasrted. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Sen. Dave Kinskey speaks with some of the attendees before event stasrted. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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