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Cars pass beneath the Wyoming Boulevard pedestrian bridge Feb. 4 in east Casper. The Casper Area Metropolitan Planning Organization has launched a website to gauge public opinion on transportation options.

The Casper Area Metropolitan Planning Organization wants to know what the community thinks about local transportation.

The group just launched a website — ConnectingCrossroads.com — to gather information from the public about walking, biking, driving and parking in the Casper area.

“We’re trying to collect a bunch of data about anything under the sun related to transportation,” said Aaron Kloke, the organization’s planning supervisor. “We have an online survey which asks people about their broad goals and expectations. ... Starting in March we will shift that conversation and get into more detailed questions.”

Kloke said the information gathered will ultimately be used to update the planning organization’s Long Range Transportation Plan. The Wyoming Department of Transportation then uses information from the plan to determine what areas they should spend money on in the Casper area.

The website will also offer project updates and information about upcoming events.

Three events are currently slated for March. Public meetings about the project will be held at the Walter H. Nolte Gateway Center at Casper College from 1-6 p.m. March 12, 13 and 14.

“Rather than us just talking about the project and informing them, our goal is to get people involved,” Kloke said, explaining that the meetings will offer plenty of opportunities for attendees to participate in activities and share their opinions.

Although some citizens think the organization is only interested in feedback from Casper residents, Kloke said that is not the case. Residents from Mills, Evansville, Barr Nunn and Natrona County are also encouraged to participate.

For the most part, Kloke said local citizens generally seem content with the transportation systems in Casper and its surrounding towns.

“The public’s concern always flares up if there’s a bike accident or pedestrian accident, but overall I’m not seeing a consistent narrative where people are majorly complaining about Casper’s transportation,” he said. “But that’s why we’re doing this. I might not know all the issues that might be going on right now.”

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Local Government Reporter

Katie King joined the Star-Tribune in 2017 and primarily covers issues related to local government. She previously worked as a crime reporter in the British Virgin Islands. Originally from Virginia, Katie is a graduate of James Madison University.

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