Police getting flak over traffic changes around Fairgrounds in Riverton
(Riverton, Wyo.) – Captain Eric Murphy said the police department has been receiving numerous complaints since Fairground Drive was closed to only northbound one-way traffic on Thursday. He also said one officer was on the receiving end of an irate motorist who berated him for being inconvenienced by the change.
“We’ve done it this way for years, this is nothing new, “ Murphy said. “The only difference this year is the road construction on South Federal Boulevard.”
Murphy said the reason Fairgrounds drive is a one-way north is because during Fremont County Fair week, people can park on both sides of the street, which creates only one lane of travel. “The reason is for public safety. With families and kids at the fair, it makes it a lot safer for everyone.”
Murphy said he was disappointed reading the negative comments posted on County10’s Facebook page and web site with people upset over the change. “I want to make it very clear that we are not going to sacrifice the safety of people for the convenience of people that drive that area. This is only one week out of the year. It is inconvenient for everyone, but we’ve done it this way for years. We get that the road construction on South Federal is an issue, we get that, but for us it is a public safety issue.”
Murphy also said that police will be detouring eastbound traffic Saturday evening on West Main, down Hill Street to Riverview Road to accommodate the Fremont County Fair Parade. The parade units will be staged along West Main and then the parade will begin at 6 p.m.
See the map below for the week-long traffic pattern changes.