WRITC Transportation Department requests to take over 4 County roads

Road closed due to Sand Creek Fire. County 10 Photo.

During the Fremont County Commissioners’ meeting on October 13th, the Wind River Inter-Tribal Council (WRITC) Transportation Department asked to take over four County roads on the Wind River Reservation. Specifically, in the Fort Washakie area.

No official decisions were made during the meeting, however, the Commissioners are open to the idea of turning over Trout Creek Road, North Fork Road, South Fork Road, and Ethete Road to the Department.

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Chief Civil Deputy Attorney Jodi Darrough was tasked with reviewing the statutes and figuring out the transfer process which will likely include a 45-day public comment period.

The main reason the WRITC Transportation Department wants to take over the roads is they have better access to maintain them, along with the funds to make safety improvements, shared Department Director Howard Brown. “Our intent is to improve them for the general public.”

A concern raised by Commission Chair Travis Becker during the meeting was public access to Dickinson Park and deeded property, if any. Brown along with the Transportation Department Project Manager Travis Brockie reassured the Commissioners that public access is still guaranteed on those roads.

With a strapped budget, the County has struggled to maintain the roads. “What we are given as a County is far less than what they are given to maintain roads,” Commissioner Clarence Thomas said on a conference call during the meeting. “I am glad it has come to this. The transfer has been in the works for a few years.”

More information will be released in the coming weeks as details of the process are confirmed. County 10 will keep you up-to-date.

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