City, DDA Move Ahead With Downtown Lighting Project

By Staff 5-9,2016

The City of Cheyenne and the Downtown Development Authority are moving forward with planned improvements for the 17th Street Lighting Project; a sixth penny funded project.

Phase I will incorporate pedestrian lighting on 17th Street from Carey Avenue to Central Avenue. After bids are received, reviewed, and then awarded, construction is expected to begin in the fall of 2016. A conceptual design is being conducted and final design will soon begin in preparation of the Phase I bid. The initial investment is $700,000 for Phase I.

The design for the Phase I blocks is to create unity and help facilitate coordination efforts with the Downtown Cheyenne Core Plan which is intended to illuminate additional blocks.

Future phases may incorporate streetscapes to include trees, and other vegetation, repair of damaged sidewalks, and ensure compliance with the American Disabilities Act. Additionally, funding sources will be secured with possible construction in 2017.

“The 17th Street Lighting Project is one example of the many efforts underway to enhance and build upon the many positives as sell as prior projects for downtown Cheyenne,” said Cheyenne Mayor Rick Kaysen. He added that “together we are making a difference not only for downtown, but the entire community.”

Amy Surdam, Downtown Development Authority Director, added “Lighting this street will help increase safety, enhance the pedestrian experience, and tie the downtown together by further creating a sense of place. It’s exciting to move forward with this step of the project. ”