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Public workshop June 24 for plans to connect Evansville trail to Casper Rail Trail

One option to link the Evansville trails would be via Western Avenue under the Yellowstone Highway bridge. (Google Street View)

CASPER, Wyo. — A public design charrette to help determine where a new trail should be built to connect Evansville trails to the Casper Rail Trail will be held from 5-8 pm Thursday, June 24 at the Evansville Community Center, located at 71 Curtis Street.

The workshop is being organized by the Casper Area Metropolitan Planning
Organization (MPO) in coordination with the Town of Evansville and the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

“The purpose of the charrette is to determine the potential location of a new public trail connecting Evansville to the Casper Rail Trail south of Yellowstone Highway (US-20/26),” the Casper Area MPO said Friday. “A charrette is a hands-on, design-based workshop intended to bring community members together with development professionals to explore options for a particular project or area.”

Western Research and Development, who have been contracted to conduct a study for the proposed project, will present some options and research they have completed so far beginning at 5 pm June 24.

“For the remainder of the evening large scale aerial maps will be available for citizens, staff, and town officials to lay out preferred route(s),” the Casper Area MPO states. “The slides will be shown continually throughout the evening and the mapping exercise is ongoing during the charrette.”

People can drop into the meeting at any time.

“Public input is an extremely important aspect of MPO planning projects, and this charrette will allow interested citizens of Evansville and the surrounding community to have a say in where this trail may end up going.” said MPO Technician Renee Hardy.

More information about the study is available by visiting the Evansville Trail Linkage Study Facebook page, by emailing evansvilletraillinkagestudy@y2consultants.com, or by calling Western
Research and Development directly at 307-632-5656.