Plans to reconstruct Grand Avenue in Laramie between 15th and 21st Streets in 2014 will be the main topic at an open house being put on by the Wyoming Department of Transportation. WYDOT spokesperson Ross Doman says the public is welcome to come and learn more about the project on September 27 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the West Ballroom in the UW Student Union.

Doman reports that the reconstruction is meant to improve traffic flow and increase safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. The project will include:

  • Widening the roadway on the north side.
  • Installation of landscaped median islands through the intersections at 16th, 18th, 19th and 20th streets, restricting left turns in these locations.
  • An updated pedestrian crossing on 19th Street, making signalized crossings available every two blocks between 15th and 21st Streets.
  • ADA access brought up to current standards the length of the project.
  • The City of Laramie's replacement of two waterlines beneath the roadway.

The open house is a drop-in style event according to Doman and everyone is welcome to attend any time within the scheduled two hours. Parking is free on the University of Wyoming campus after 5 p.m. and the Gem City Grand Bus does offer a free stop at the Wyoming Union.