Taking it to the streets

Haley Sanders, right, and town councilman Tyler Swafford discuss priorities in the town’s Transportation Master Plan and Pedestrian Safety Plan on Aug. 29. Robert Galbreath photo

PINEDALE – Cyclists strapped on helmets and walkers laced up comfortable shoes for a tour of Pinedale’s streets and sidewalks to explore mobility and transportation-related issues on Monday, Aug. 29.

Later in the evening, people gathered in the Pinedale Library’s Lovatt Room for a workshop – the space filled with interactive maps, charts, detailed diagrams and photographs of pedestrian and vehicle thoroughfares.

The Town of Pinedale and Jorgensen & Associates organized the event to collect public input in the development of the town’s Transportation Master Plan and Highway 191-Pine Street Pedestrian Safety Plan.

Pinedale is working with Jorgensen, its consultant, to identify near-term and long-term solutions to improve safety, accessibility and connectivity for pedestrians, cyclists, automobiles and other forms of transportation.

Mayor Matt Murdock, Abram Pearce, the town’s director of public works, and Hayley Ruland of Jorgensen each encouraged public participation in the process so the partners can form projects around community needs and concerns.

Ruland described work on the plans as a “big community effort” involving multiple agencies in Pinedale, including the Sublette County Sheriff’s Office, Sublette County Emergency Management, the Sublette County Hospital District and the Sublette County School District No. 1.

Town staff and representatives from Jorgensen and the Wyoming Department of Transportation were on hand to answer questions and discuss concerns with community members.

People who missed the workshop are welcome to provide feedback virtually by visiting the town’s home page and clicking on the “Pinedale Mobility Project” link or typing in the following URL: https://www.townofpinedale.us/pinedalemobility.

The website contains interactive maps, diagrams and online surveys. Residents of Pinedale and people who live outside town but work and spend time in the community are all invited to participate on the website above, said Dustin Ensminger of Jorgensen.