CASPER, Wyo. — A cape seal project along two major arterial streets and one industrial road was completed in late August, adding a structural layer of durability to the asphalt and increasing the life span of these important roadways.

12th Street from McKinley to Wyoming Boulevard, 2nd Street from Wyoming Boulevard to Hat Six Road and portions of Bryan Stock Trail were all cape sealed throughout the summer for a total of $1.47 million, paid for with fifth-cent funds.

The City of Casper hired a local contractor to complete the work following a competitive bidding process. This project involved applying a cape seal finish to key road surfaces, which added an extra layer of protection to the existing chip seal. This proactive measure will reduce surface cracking and other forms of damage, extending the life span of these vital thoroughfares.

Beginning in June 2023, the project was completed ahead of its target milestone — the first day of school, Aug. 28 — despite a slight delay due to equipment malfunction. Crews worked diligently to minimize traffic disruptions throughout construction, and there were no accidents or injuries reported.

According to a 2022 survey, Natrona County citizens identified street repairs as the most critical use for fifth-cent dollars. As part of Cycle 17 — 2022–26 — nearly $22 million has been earmarked for street repairs. The cape seal project was paid for with Cycle 16 — 2018–22 — dollars.

The City of Casper extends its appreciation to residents for their patience during the construction period and is proud to deliver improved road infrastructure that will benefit the community for years to come.