Platte River Trails Trust to use $1.5 million in one-cent funds for trails projects and maintenance

CASPER, Wyo. — The Platte River Trails Trust has a number of proposed trails projects in Casper.

PRTT Executive Director Angela Emery talked about her organization’s plans for the next several years, seeking the City Council’s approval to use One Cent Sales tax funding set aside for trails infrastructure and maintenance projects.

Council gave the organization the go ahead to use the $1.5 million as proposed.

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Some of the projects fall on Casper’s west side.

“Casper’s west side sometimes feels like it has been neglected,” Emery said.

$800,000 in Optional One-Cent No. 16 Sales Tax would go toward the following trail projects over the next four years, Emery said:

  • Paradise Valley to Robertson Road
  • Walmart to Fort Caspar Academy
  • Phase 1 Robertson Road to Whispering Springs
  • Upgrade to Yesness Pond trails

This is just a “laundry list” of projects, Emery explained, since the PRTT seeks grants to match the sales tax funding to carry out the projects, and not all of the funding has been secured.

“I use the trails and I like them,” Councilman Chris Walsh said.

But he doubted the need for using concrete and wide paths.

Emery said that concrete is what is preferred by City staff and added that the cost gap between concrete and asphalt is not as exaggerated as it has been in the past.

$200,000 will also be used over the next four years for “overhead support costs” associated with trails projects and maintenance.

$500,000 would be for “repair, replacement and connection projects.”

Some of these projects were outlined in the Council’s work packet:

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