(Lander, Wyo.) - The Fremont County Transportation Department is conducting a public meeting discuss the Mortimore Lane reconstruction project now through 7:30 p.m.
The county, along with representatives from consultants at DOWL HKM, are on hand to answer questions about the project and the four different options to widen the road from Sinks Canyon Road to the recently rebuilt bridge over the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie.
“This is a safety driven project,” DOWL HKM’s Diane Oress said, noting it was named a priority by the county’s one percent project citizen’s committee.
Options range from doing nothing, to adding a pathway, a pathway with an expanded right of way or no pathway at all. The road is part of a commonly utilized biking/running route known as the Tomato Loop. Currently there is virtually no shoulder along that section of Mortimore. Transportation Department Superintendent Dave Pendleton said there is no one preferred alternative.
Many residents were in attendance for the first 30 minutes of the meeting, filling out comment sheets on the project.
Oress said this project will be done in conjunction with a City of Lander project to replace the water line that runs along the road. Ultimately, this would result in about $60,000 in savings of tax payer funds.
The majority of the funds for the road will come from the tax, and will be used along with State Loan and Investment Board and the Wyoming Wyoming Water Development Commission. The walking path could be funded by a Wyoming Department of Transportation grant. Discussions are ongoing with the city for possible entire management of the project by the city.
Bids for both projects could be done next spring with construction starting in Fall 2014.