WYDOT Test May Alter Parents’ Drive to Cody Middle School This Fall
Written by Andrew-Rossi on August 18, 2022
Parents driving students to Cody Middle School should know the temporary rules preventing left turns on most routes to the school for the next three months.
W.Y.D.O.T. has placed a temporary pedestrian crosswalk on the Freedom Street and Big Horn Ave intersection. It’s part of a larger test –the Big Horn Avenue Corridor Study – W.Y.D.O.T. is undertaking to find the best permanent solution to keep students safe as they cross the road to Cody Middle School.
Because of the test, parents taking their children to school might need to alter their routes. As part of the test, there will be no left turns on either end of Freedom Street.
W.Y.D.O.T. has created a graphic showing the new routes vehicles will need to take to drop their children off in the Cody Middle School parking lot.
Overall, every route to and from the Cody Middle School parking lot lacks left turns.
Entry (from Big Horn Avenue)
- Right turn onto Stone Street, then a right turn onto Cougar Avenue (gates on either end of Cougar Avenue will be open)
- Right turn onto Blackburn Street, then a right turn onto Cougar Avenue
- Right turn onto Freedom Street
Exit (From Cody Middle School)
- Right turn onto Big Horn Avenue
- Right turn from Freedom Street onto Big Horn Avenue
According to the W.Y.D.O.T. map, Cougar Avenue will only be accessible as a one-way street.
The no-left-turn rule will last for at least the next three months. After that, normal traffic patterns should resume, and the temporary crosswalk should be removed.
The input of Cody drivers is essential to establishing the best long-term crossing solution on Big Horn Avenue.
A pair of public listening sessions are still planned to allow an opportunity for Cody residents to have their say on the Big Horn Avenue Corridor Study.
One of the sessions, currently scheduled for late September or early October, will allow citizens to review the viable alternatives emerging from the developing plan. It will also provide an opportunity for public comment on the crosswalk testing on Big Horn Avenue.
The second public listening session will take place later this year, and citizens will be presented with recommended alternatives for the Big Horn Avenue corridor before publishing the final report.