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Sheridan to test three-lane traffic configuration on downtown Main Street

Sheridan, WY – The City of Sheridan will be conducting a month long temporary test of a lane reconfiguration on Main Street beginning August 11, 2019.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation is scheduled to resurface the downtown section of Main Street in 2023.  The City saw this scheduled resurfacing project as an opportunity to investigate the idea of enhancing placemaking opportunities to increase foot traffic to the retail businesses.

In 2018, the Downtown Sheridan Streetscape Action Plan was created as a result of a multi-day workshop held earlier that year. The results of this study, which included focus groups and feedback from downtown retailers, indicated that reducing the now current four-lane configuration to three-lanes would offer a more inviting and accessible downtown.

“WYDOT is in full support of the test the City of Sheridan is performing on Main Street, which is also US Highway 87.” said District Engineer, Scott Taylor, “The Department is looking forward to the results of the traffic data, feedback from both the vehicle and pedestrian traffic, and the feedback from the downtown businesses.  Once all the data is gathered and evaluated, we will then be able to determine if the proposed configuration of Main Street will successfully function operationally in 2023 and beyond.”

Beginning Saturday, August 10, the City of Sheridan will close Main Street at 9:00 p.m. to begin installing the striping for the new lane configuration.  The “test” configuration will reduce the now four-lane with parallel parking to two single travel lanes with a center turn lane, wider parallel parking and a buffer zone between the driving lane and parking. The study area will begin at Burkitt Street/Coffeen Avenue and end at First Street.

Existing striping will be covered and temporary striping will be installed. The striping will include turn arrows, and left, right and center lane boundaries. This process is expected to be completed by late Sunday afternoon.  Main Street will then be opened and the test period will begin.

The speed limit will remain at 20 MPH and the No Left Turn signal will be shut off during this test period.

WYDOT and the City will both be gathering quantitative traffic data throughout the study area.  In addition to data collecting on Main Street, the City will also be gathering traffic data on Brooks Street, Gould Street, and the surrounding area.

Both WYDOT and the City encourage local residents to drive Main Street and experience the test. Once driven, the community is encouraged to answer a short survey about their experience. This survey can be accessed at In addition, downtown merchants will have a survey form at their businesses and will be gathering anecdotal data from their customers during this period.

The test period will run through Sunday, September 8.

Data will be gathered and reviewed once the test period is over.  A public meeting to discuss the results has been scheduled for September 17 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Sheridan Memorial Hospital Downtown Community Conference Room – 61 South Gould St.###

City Council to Consider Final Action Plan December 17th

The full plan can be accessed here: Final Downtown Sheridan Streetscape Action Plan
The Streetscape Action Plan is scheduled to be considered for acceptance by the City Council on December 17th at their regularly scheduled City Council meeting. The Council will receive a presentation on December 10th from City Staff and the consultant summarizing the plan contents; the public is welcome to attend the work session meeting on December 10th at 5:30 PM. No action is taken during a work session.
I will call your attention to the only substantive change since the last shared version. On page 15, in the fourth paragraph we added language regarding the City staff’s role in the lane reconfiguration idea. It reads as follows:
The City Staff will not advocate for any specific lane configuration option, but rather will provide facts and facilitate opportunities to test alternative configurations if desired by the City Council and the public.
The City Council’s acceptance of the plan does not obligate the City to perform any of the suggested changes in the plan, but rather the acceptance acknowledges the final version of the plan and deems the work of the consultant complete on this project. To our delight, the consultant, Community Builders, has expressed an interest and desire to remain engaged and support our efforts beyond the plan’s acceptance and thus will be available on a limited basis to assist with future questions surrounding the plan’s ideas and strategies.
The full plan can be accessed here: Final Downtown Sheridan Streetscape Action Plan


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