Cheyenne DDA Seeking to Fix Downtown Curbs, Sidewalks

By: Kyle Markley Email
By: Kyle Markley Email

Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - After repeated complaints about the sidewalk and curbs in downtown Cheyenne, the Cheyenne Downtown Development Authority is seeking to do something about the issue.
The Cheyenne DDA has hired a local company BenchMark Engineering to conduct a study to review Cheyenne's curbs, sidewalks and gutters and see what it would cost to fix them.
The DDA hopes it can get businesses to collaborate with them in helping to fix up the downtown area.
During the summer months pedestrian traffic increases downtown and unsightly curbs and sidewalks become more of a safety hazard.
"The curb and gutter falling apart or being unkempt has been an issue in the downtown area for quite some time," said Christie Depoorter, Executive Director of the Cheyenne DDA.
The Downtown Development Authority plans to take the results of the curb and sidewalk study to its downtown businesses to see if they'd be willing to work together in getting the downtown area fixed up.
"It's a collaborative effort where the DDA is doing the management, the property owners will have to pay for their portion," Depoorter said.
The more businesses they can get to agree to pay for repairs to the concrete in front of their business the more beneficial it'll be to everybody.
"If we can do a lot of work at one time with one contractor, that will hopefully save money for the property owners," said Dick O’Gara, President of the Cheyenne DDA Board of Directors.
The DDA hopes to have the report back from BenchMark by the end of this week. If they can get the businesses to work together on this project they believe it could be finished by early fall.


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