The Wyoming Department of Transportation continues to make safety improvements on a deadly stretch of U.S. 30 in east Cheyenne.

Residents began calling for change last fall, after two Cheyenne residents, 21-year-old Braden Sauls and 72-year-old Yvonne Couture, were killed in collisions at the intersection of U.S. 30 and Whitney Road.

WYDOT added new stop bars and larger stop signs with flashing lights in response, and earlier this month announced it was constructing an offset right-turn lane from eastbound U.S. 30 to southbound Whitney Road, which is slated to begin May 6, weather permitting.

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In addition, WYDOT says it will now be constructing a similar offset right-turn lane on the north side of the intersection.

Crews will also be installing 48-inch stop signs with flashing red beacons on Van Buren Avenue and Hayes Avenue, repainting stop bars at U.S. 30 intersections and adding overhead flashing beacon lights at U.S. 30 and Whitney Road and U.S. 30 and Dell Range Boulevard over the next several months.

“We are making these improvements in light of current and near-term traffic conditions,” said District Engineer Tom DeHoff. “These changes follow nationally-accepted best practices and are backed up by the traffic data we’ve collected along the corridor.”

Residents have urged WYDOT to lower the speed limit and put traffic signals in along U.S. 30, but DeHoff says studies don't support doing so at this time.

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