The new Grand Avenue and 30th Street intersection was opened to the public by the Wyoming Transportation Department at 3 p.m. on Thursday after over two months of work. WYDOT engineer Scott Taylor said the project was completed eight days early thanks to the diligent work of those involved.

The joint project between WYDOT and the City of Laramie added new turn lanes, brought the intersection up to ADA standards, upgraded the storm sewers and drainage, improved the traffic signals and replaced two water lines. Taylor reported that an aggressive schedule was put into place to attempt to minimize impacts to drivers and businesses. According to Taylor the project was successful because of the hard work of many that allowed the project to finish ahead of time while ensuring a quality project.

"I would really like to thank and show our appreciation to all the businesses and traveling public in the area for their patience and understanding during the duration of the project," said Taylor in a release.

Taylor said work will continue for the WYDOT crew over the next week or so as they work on "punch list" items and patch areas of the detour route and patch potholes in areas and parking lots that also saw heavy traffic because of the project.