Loucks Street reconstruction to begin as early as next week

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — Around 8,000 cars a day travel down Loucks. Because of that, the scale and impact of the West Loucks Street reconstruction project, which will begin as early as next week, will be very large, City of Sheridan Project Manager Joe Schoen told a group of local landowners and interested people at the Kalif Shrine tonight. "There will be detours," Schoen said. "It is going to be a challenge, but the goal is that for the next 30 years, we won't have to touch the street." "Schedule wise ... we are going to be able to get (mobilized) in essentially, I would say, next week," Schoen continued. MDU Gas has already been in the area preparing for construction. Detours will be routed throughout the summer, and for a period of at least five days, traffic will be routed away from Loucks and up to Mydland and Fifth Street for Big Goose access. There will also be detours that will send around 4,000 cars a day up Sparrow Hawk Road, Schoen said. "Everyone will be impacted by this project," Schoen said. [image: Inline image 1] *Feature photo and above Pitchengine Communities* During Sheridan WYO Rodeo week, contractors have been asked to keep both lanes on Loucks open. Crews will typically work Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. "Sidewalk to sidewalk, it is going to have that same look and feel as Brooks," Schoen said. "That means there is going to be decorative lighting, some parking on the sides, and the sidewalks will stay." The city will replace the first two blocks, and from there on, it will essentially be street surfacing. Some sidewalks will be replaced where they have been damaged by trees, and the street surface will be lowered back to what it was in the 1990s. "That drop off that everyone is used to — we are going to take that away and lower that whole street section so that everyone can get in and out of their (homes) easier," Schoen said. From Brooks to Thurmond will be concrete, and from Thurmond on will be asphalt. The goal is to have construction complete by Labor Day. The City of Sheridan awarded $2.5 million to Hot Iron, Inc., of Gillette, for phase one of the West Loucks Street reconstruction project in January. The project is a neighborhood reconstruction project that will replace sanitary sewer mains, water mains, existing storm drain lines, portions of sidewalks, portions of curb, gutter and parking areas, tree installation and street surfacing. The project is fully funded with allocations from the water and sewer fees, optional 1% sales tax and capital facilities tax funds. For more information, email Schoen at #dally #news