Third Street Construction Has An End In Sight
The construction on Third Street for the Utility Rehabilitation Project is nearing completion. In the latest news release from the City of Laramie, the end is in sight.
The project is the highest-level impact construction job happening in Laramie. The intersection at Third and Grand has been partially opened; pedestrians and drivers are now able to travel west on Grand through Third Street to access downtown.
Third Street is closed just south of Grand Avenue to Sheridan Street, with Sheridan still accessible to traffic. According to the city of Laramie, this last large four-block section from Grand to Sheridan should be completed and paved by Nov. 1.
One smaller section near Fetterman Street will also undergo water main repair due to a history of water line breaks.
The project has presented many unforeseen challenges to the city as it digs up, repairs, and repaves streets. Contractors have encountered gas lines, storm lines, and varying soil types while working to replace 100-year-old pipes, and have been working overtime to complete the major repair project.
Laramie’s excessively wet weather has not helped progress, either.
The City said, “This is a very important project that is key to Laramie’s infrastructure and should meet our City’s needs for the next 50+ years. This project is critical to future projects including WYDOT’s upcoming project to re-pave 3rd Street in 2025.”
Hopefully, repairs now will minimize issues in the future, the City said.
During this time, the City has provided alternative routes, clear signage, and clear communication about progress. The City encourages residents to continue supporting downtown businesses that have been impacted by construction street closures.
The City of Laramie has been working with the Laramie Main Street Alliance to keep traffic and pedestrians flowing to the downtown area.
Residents can navigate the Construction Status Map to view which sections of Third Street are currently closed and planned to be closed through the remainder of the project. Laramie residents are also encouraged to sign up for the Laramie News Flash and follow the City of Laramie Facebook page for major updates regarding road construction and closures. For more questions, residents can call the City of Laramie Engineering Department at (307) 721-5250 or the Engineering website.