West Main Traffic Signal and ADA Project at the starting blocks

Intersection of Major and West Main. A new traffic signal will be installed at the intersection this summer. Wyotoday.com photo by Ernie Over

The Wyoming Department of Transportation plans to begin the West Main and Major Avenue traffic signal project early this month before an ADA project commences from First Street to Hill Street. WYDOT Officials hosted a public meeting for residents and businesses on Thursday night at City Hall.

“Originally, two projects were tied together (the ADA project and a downtown paving project) but the bid for the latter was over the engineers estimate so the projects were split in two. The downtown project will be done later,” said Riverton’s WYDOT Engineer Robert Schiedemental. “We’ll start the Major and West Main traffic signal first.”

The $3.28 million U.S. 26 (Riverton West Main ADA/Major and Main traffic signal) project is 2.05 miles in length. The project includes installation of a traffic signal system and rebuilt Major Avenue/West Main Street (U.S. 26) intersection, Americans with Disabilities Act improvements at every street corner between the end of the concrete pavement in downtown Riverton and West Main Street’s intersection with Hill Street at the west end of the Central Wyoming College campus in Riverton.

The work zone will be active from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The first work at the Major and West Main project will be the reconstruction of the valley pans there, which Schiedemental said are too deep resulting in vehicles scraping the pavement. He said they would be leveled out so the dip is not as pronounced. During that work, Traffic on Major will be allowed to access Riverview and Park street, but not go as far as Main, so a detour is planned at those two locations.

Business access will be maintained, but they can expect some short shut-downs. Schiedemental recommended adjoining businesses to partner together to share access driveways. He said it would take from four to five days to cure the concrete at the new access driveways.

This project is scheduled to begin in early June . Contract completion date is Nov. 30, 2020.