A group of friends prepare to take a float on the North Platte River on Monday, July 3, 2017 at the Robertson Road Public Access Area. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Casper City Council on Tuesday, September 7 voted to authorize a Transportation Alternative Program agreement with the Wyoming Department of Transportation that will provide $500,000 toward a project to construct a new bridge giving pedestrians and bicyclists a connection from the Paradise Valley area and Robertson Road.

The WYDOT TAP grant funding will support a portion of the overall $1.25 million project cost. That grant requires the City of Casper and the Platte River Trails Trust to provide $125,000 in match funding. The remaining project cost will also be covered by the City of Casper and the Platte River Trails Trust, according to a memo from city staff included in the council’s work packet.

The city will use $125,000 in One Cent optional sales tax dollars allocated to the Platte River Trails Trust under the current fiscal year budget. The Platte River Trails Trust is working to secure the remaining funding needed for the project.

The project will include the construction of the new pedestrian pathway as well as new 10-foot-wide concrete pathways connecting the bridge to the Robertson Road pathway to the west and to Indian Paintbrush to the east.

The estimated $1.25 million cost of the project was provided by consultant HDR Engineering, Inc. The city council previously approved a $149,120 contract with HDR to conduct design services for the project.

“The project will provide a safe route for non-drivers to access the neighborhoods and schools along Robertson Road in west Casper from the Platte River Trail,” city staff state in the memo.