Despite concerns expressed by City Council members, most major road construction on state roads around Casper is expected to conclude by the August eclipse.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation currently has three ongoing projects along the borders of Casper.

Work along CY Avenue between Wyoming Boulevard and Robertson Road is expected to be completed by the end of next month, spokesman Jeff Goetz said in a statement.

The CY construction involves repaving, adding new left turn lanes and improving three traffic signals.

Councilwoman Amanda Huckabay asked last week whether CY would be unobstructed by the time of the August eclipse festival.

Assistant City Manager Liz Becher said it would not.

“They’ve even posted signs that it’s not until next year,” said Councilman Chris Walsh.

While some work will continue on the street past June, Goetz said it should not interfere with traffic.

“It will be out of the travel lanes,” he said.

WYDOT is also planning to resurface Old Yellowstone Highway and reconstruct the 12th Street and Wyoming Boulevard intersection.

The Yellowstone work is scheduled to be completed by Aug. 21, the day of the eclipse.

The intersection reconstruction, which will require some traffic to be diverted, should be “substantially completed” by Aug. 21.

Wyoming Eclipse Festival Director Anna Wilcox said 35,000 people are expected to visit Casper during the weekend of Aug. 18-21 — 25,000 of whom will be staying overnight and 10,000 of whom will only pass through during the weekend.

But Wilcox said it is hard to predict how many more people will simply drive through Casper on their way to other destinations or arrive on the day of the eclipse, making traffic and parking major considerations.

This story originally ran in the Casper Star-Tribune and on trib.com.

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