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Casper encouraged to consider converting downtown one-way streets to benefit retail

A contemporary view of the old Triangle Motors building on Wolcott, now used as offices. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Casper City Council will hear a presentation regarding the final draft of a new Long Range Transportation Plan during their Tuesday, Jan. 14 work session.

One recommendation in that draft plan suggests that Casper consider converting some one-way streets downtown to two-way streets.

“One-way streets have a history of damaging downtown retail,” the draft states. “The higher speeds of one-way streets detract from the experience of walking along them and makes drivers less likely to notice or stop at adjacent retail.”

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“While there are exceptions, successful commercial activity is typically located on two-way streets.”

Wolcott and Durbin are highlighted in the draft plan as “ideal candidates” for the conversion.

“[T]hey go through the heart of downtown, intersect with existing improvements along 2nd Street, and intersect with the Casper Rail Trail just south of where they transition to one-way,” the draft explains. “Recommended implementation of these projects would also extend the existing bike lanes on Durbin Street that end at the Rail Trail.”

The draft plan has been prepared by the Casper Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and a consultant firm they contracted called Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates.

The City of Casper says that the MPO Policy Committee may approve the final draft on Jan. 23.

The plan will be to guide transportation infrastructure improvements in Casper, Mills, Evansville, Bar Nunn and Natrona County over the next 30 years. The previous such plan was finished in 2014.

A $320,000 federal grant helped fund the process of creating the new Long Range Transportation Plan.

That process has included soliciting input from the various municipal governments and the public through workshops and online surveys.