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Casper non-profit working to connect east and west Casper by foot

Published: Apr. 25, 2021 at 6:45 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Platte River Trails Trust is a non-profit to expand the trails network in Casper, and its goal is for the trailhead to begin at the end of people’s driveways.

Currently, it’s focused on getting its Paradise Valley to Robertson Road Pedestrian Bridge project off the ground.

“This bridge that will connect all of west Casper here along Robertson Road to the Platte River Trail, which will allow people who are on their bikes or walking to connect all the way to the east Casper soccer complex,” said Platte River Trails Trust Executive Director Angela Emery when talking about how the bridge will connect east and west Casper.

Emery said another goal of the project is safety. “CY Avenue is not a very appealing, or safe, environment, so being able to access the river trail by getting on the bridge, going through the neighborhood in Paradise Valley, and accessing the river trail is very important to safety,” said Emery.

“Casper is so fortunate to have such beautiful, awesome outdoor recreation opportunities, and this bridge is going to help us really activate those opportunities and take them to the next level,” said Emery.

Emery said the estimated cost to build the bridge is $1.25 million, which they’ve already raised $500,000 of through a Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) grant.

For more information about the Platte River Trails Trust and the Paradise Valley to Robertson Road Pedestrian Bridge project, check out the Platte River Trails Trust website here.

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