Laramie, August 23, 2016 (ACSD1). Albany County School District #1 Superintendent, Jubal Yennie and City Mayor Dave Paulekas remind high school students and residents that with the start of school at the new Laramie High School that traffic patterns will be affected on Grand, Garfield, Boulder, and Beech Streets. Yennie recommends that motorists use Grand Avenue to Boulder Drive rather than using Garfield Avenue. Mayor Paulekas shared that, “we have noticed during a few community events at the new high school, that motorists who try to access Boulder Drive from Garfield next to the Recreation Center will have to wait for quite a while as traffic comes through the intersection from Grand.” As a result, Yennie urges students to use Grand Avenue as the main artery for traffic and then turn right on to Boulder Drive.
The main student parking lot is at Beech Street, so students will immediately turn right in to the parking lot. City engineers and Wyoming Department of Transportation officials as well as school officials and police officers will be monitoring traffic patterns during the next two weeks to make adjustments to patterns and traffic lights as necessary. The traffic light on the corner of Grand Avenue and Boulder Drive has already been adjusted to facilitate traffic turning left on Grand from Boulder Drive.
The City of Laramie is finishing a project on Beech Street this week, so Beech Street will be closed for this week only. Bill Nye headed east from Boulder Drive will be completed in the next couple of months, so egress toward the east and Vista Drive will provide another flow for traffic out of the high school during the school day and for evening community events.
Yennie reminds residents to have patience during the first few days as the community gets used to new traffic patterns on Grand Avenue and Boulder Drive. School and City officials will continue to work with traffic engineers and police officers to ensure the safe access to the new high school.