WYDOT partners with F.E. Warren AFB to improve traffic flow

Published: Oct. 8, 2019 at 7:11 PM CDT
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The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) is continuing to partner with F.E. Warren Air Force Base officials to improve safety and traffic flow near the Happy Jack Road base entrance.

WYDOT and F.E. Warren AFB officials have come up with short- and long-term solutions for Gate 2, off WYO 210 (Happy Jack Road), to help with increased traffic now that it is the main entrance for the base.

Gate 2 became the main entrance to the base after F.E. Warren AFB officials closed Gate 1, off Randall Avenue and Pershing Boulevard, in July. However, the visitor’s center will remain open at Gate 1. The change to Gate 2 has allowed for improved security and safety for Airmen and families.

WYO 210 to Gate 2 also provides space to safely handle surges in traffic during busy hours.

“Additionally, Gate 5 (Central Avenue) is open to traffic,” said 2nd Lt. Jonathan L. Carkhuff, an F.E. Warren base spokesman. “It was recently redesigned to handle large amounts of commercial traffic, such as delivery trucks. It provides the facilities and cover that Security Forces personnel need to evaluate and inspect inbound vehicles.”

The short-term solution is having the military base control traffic flow until WYDOT installs temporary traffic signals. The long-term solution is for WYDOT to construct permanent signals, in cooperation with F.E. Warren AFB.

“WYDOT and military officials have worked together to come up with a plan that ensures the safety of the traveling public,” said Tom DeHoff, district engineer. “Gate 2 has seen an increase in traffic flow, which has made it more difficult for people traveling through those intersections. Our solution will improve safety and traffic flow in that area.”

The temporary and permanent signals will be installed at two locations to the east and west of Interstate 25. Both the temporary and permanent signals will be at the end of the on and off ramps of I-25 northbound and southbound.

WYDOT anticipates it will take about three months to get the temporary signals and is concurrently proceeding with the construction and bidding process for the permanent signals. WYDOT anticipates the permanent signals will be installed and completed by late 2020.

“It may take that long to get the temporary signals because we need to follow our procurement policies, which protect the people of Wyoming,” DeHoff said. “We will obtain bids for the signals, make sure the equipment meets safety standards and then award the bid.”

In the meantime, WYDOT is asking motorists to be patient and use caution when traveling in that area.

“We’re asking motorists to slow down and be courteous to their fellow motorists,” DeHoff said. “Be sure to put down the distractions, always buckle up and drive safely.”

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