City received TAP Grant for new flashing crosswalk signs, handicap ramps

The City of Riverton has received notice that it has been approved for a Transportation Alternative Program, or TAP Grant, to fund flashing crosswalk signals and handicap access ramps. Public Works Director Kyle Butterfield said the city applied for the TAP grant from the Wyoming Department of Transportation after this past spring’s tragic death of a first grader in a crosswalk. The Purple Hearts for Sophia campaign raised enough funds for a flashing crosswalk sign where the little girl, Sophia Archer, was struck and killed by a nearly blind driver on East Sunset on the next to last day of school last May. Butterfield said there are 33 locations around the city for ADA handicapped accessible ramps and four locations where flashing crosswalk signals will be installed. Those four locations include: 1. Ashgrove School - North 2nd West and Pershing Ave 2. Rails-to-Trials crossing - 490 East Pershing Ave 3. East Monroe Avenue and South Broadway Avenue 4. Jaycee Park crossing - Approx. 1900 West Sunset Avenue The city requested a total of $147,500 in funding. Butterfield said TAP will fund 80% ($118,000), and the city will match 20% ($29,500). The work on the crossings will begin as soon as the funding becomes available. The ADA ramp construction will occur beginning next spring. Sandra Jean Pennock, 78, was driving a truck that struck and killed the little girl. She pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of Vehicular Homicide after testifying that she was nearly blind. Roberts ordered that Pennock serve at least six months in the county jail and, “if she has not shown herself unworthy, I would then suspended the balance and order probation for one year.” She was also fined $2,000 and ordered to pay restitution. *Feature Photo: A flashing crosswalk sign was installed this fall at the crosswalk across East Sunset where Sophia Archer was struck and killed. The city has received a grant to place similar crosswalk alert flashing signs at four other locations. (h/t Tim Archer / Pitcheninge Communities) * *#county10 #news*