In the community of Sheridan, residents and WYDOT were concerned for the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists in crossing busy 5th Street while utilizing a popular shared-use pathway system. In order to give a little peace of mind to pathway users, WYDOT decided to construct an underpass, which would also provide better continuity for the well-used pathway. This $2.1 million dollar project was not without challenge. The underpass project required several sets of retaining walls, modifications to the city storm sewer system and updates and replacements to city water lines. To minimize the impact on the traveling public, closure of 5th Street was limited to just a 40-day period.
The completed project was praised in the Sheridan media and by City officials who said the project satisfied a vital need of the traveling public. The city hosted a 5K run and community event dubbed “Pathway Progress” to commemorate the completion of the underpass.