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In the fall of 1955 the Bureau of! Public Roads, in anticipation of the expanded program of interstate highways, conducted reconnais- sances of four distinct routes en- deavoring to shorten the distance on U.S. 14 from Gillette to Sheri- dan, Wyo. The party included officials of the Wyoming Highway Department, the district highway commissioner and personnel from the Bureau of Public Roads. Upon completion of this trip, the report, which was submitted to the Wyoming Highway Department, stated that, while all of the routes traversed were more or less feas- ible, none had all of the character- istics sought, and an investigation of other routes was recommended. Knowing of this desire to find other routes, the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce called the attention of the Bureau of Public Roads to the fact that a survey did exist of a cut-off direct from Gillette to Buffalo which could be readily incorporated into a Gillette to Sheridan route. This route had the following features: a. A short route resulting in a aving over the present "loop" road of approximately six miles from Gillette to Sheridan, and 30 milles from Gillette to Buffalo. Using 10 cents per mile as the ave- rage auto-truck operating cost, this would result in a direct saving of sixty cents per vehicle traveling from Gillette to Sheridan and a saving of $3.00 per vehicle travel- ing from Gillette to Buffalo. Ex- tending these figures further by multiplication with the average 24- hour traffic flow count supplied by the Wyoming Highway Depart- ment, the yearly savings to the users of this route would amount to more than $560,000.00 It would be L'npossible to compute the great value of the time saved by the thousands traveling this shorter route. b. Cheap and easily acquired ~right-of-way over grazing lands, much of which is Taylor Grazing land. This right-of-way would also present a minimum of side access roads and cross roads as it runs through grazing country rather than irrigated valleys. This is in sharp contrast to construction in a heavily populated irrigated valley v/here much valuable farm land would be consumed and many over- head culverts would have to be constructed. e. Only two bridges to be con- structed, one over Powder RiverI and one on Crazy Woman creek. d. A type of terrain, consisting of rolling country made up of de- composed shales and fine sand- stones, cut up by prominent drain- age patterns, which would lend it- self to contruction of a road where grades probably could be held to five percent or less, and align- ment held consistent with 60-mile- per-hour design. e. A route which would save ap- proximately four million dollars by virtue of the fact that only 681 miles need be constructed to tie I Interstate U.S. 14 into Interstate U.S. 87 at the by-pass east of Buf- falo. The improvement of the present "loop" route would entail construction of approximately 108 miles to Sheridan alone, without any consideration of improvement to U.S. 16. This difference of 40 miles of construction would repre- sent a minimum of four million dol- lars in unnecessary road construc- tion, plus the necessity of several more major bridges. f. A junction point on U.S. 87 ideally located to minimize traffic hazards and utilize new bridges and construction now completed on the interstate route to Sheridan. The commission's attention was called to the severe threat that U.S. 212 through Montana posed to Northern Wyoming tourist tra- vel. Figures from the National Park Service were given indicating that from 1953 to date all park entrances were showing increases except for the East or Cody en- trance, which has. shown a steady decline. The commission expressed its alarm at this loss in gasoline tax revenue as well as economic loss to northern Wyomin~ and the state as a whole. The qt|estion was raised as to whether interstate funds might be available for the present "loop" route of U.S. 14-16. In Wyoming, under the interstate highway pro- gram, the federal government will provide 93% of the funds while the state share is 7%. The Bureau of Public Roads advised that it is doubtful that these funds for such an indirect route would be forthcoming. However, 65-35 par- ticipation would continue. The economic effects of this pro- posed route upon the towns of Sheridan and Buffalo were also pointed out to the commission. The Buffalo delegation showed that from the junction of the proposed route with the marginal by-pass a free estimate on installation costs. Sundance Electric Sandanee, Wye. t route east of Buffalo, U.S. 14 through Sheridan would still be the shortest route to Yellowstone Park by at least two miles, thus not depriving that community of a continued proportionate share of traffic. Sheridan would show an ap- preciable traffic gain, by virtue of the fact that the new Interstate routes, when completed, are to car- ry approximately 30 percent of the nation's traffic which would double the present traffic on U.S. 14. Joining U.S. 14 to U.S.87 east of Buffalo would also afford a year around east-west link with the growing Big Horn basin coun- try, an advantage which will be of great economic value to the entire state. A ten point summary of the prin- cipal advantages of this shorter interstate route: 1. General ease and feasibility of construction for this route. 2. Grades and curves well within interstate limits. 3. Cheap right-of-way without numerous side access requirements. 4. Conservation of valuable ir- rigated farm land. 5. Major saving in miles of new construction. 6. A point of intersection with U.S. 87 ideally suited to minimize traffic hazards and congestion. 7. A chance to regain Northern Wyoming's fair share of the tourist trade. 8. A year-around link with the Big Horn Basin. 9. A saving of millions of dol- lars to the taxpayers. 10. A better road to serve a greater number of people. --Reprinted in part from an Edi- torial in the Buffalo, Wyo., Bul- letin. (May 24) Last Saturday Robert Emmett and Shane Brislawn went to Day- ton, Wyo. to visit Dipper and Col- leen Brislawn and Cecil Erwin. Monday evening Abe French was an overnight guest at the Brislawn home. Oliver Queen was a caller at the Brislawn home this week. Harold Burch and children were business callers in Gillette Satur- day. Frank Brislawn was a busi- ness caller in Gillette Wednesday. Thursday Raymond Shepherd went to Gillette for repairs. Freida and Nancy Donaldson and Anita Riesland were supper guests of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Shep- herd. Mr. and Mrs. Johnny Noonan were Sunday visitors at Ezra Ter- ry's. Mrs. Noenan is the former Marie Terry. Raymond Shepherd s h e a r e d sheep for Ezra Terry Saturday. Monday Ezra helped Raymond dock lambs. 'EIIE SUNDANCE Sundanee, Wyo. May 31, Bob Tope went to New for a load of posts SaturdaY. The Little Powder river held a meeting at Brown's day. Mrs. Bill Svoboda and sons callers at the Shepherd week. Mrs. Svoboda and Berger carried the New mail Monday. Several people from the community attended ereises in Moorcroft ning. Max Evans high school and Shane and Emma Gall Butch were grade graduates. The Oshoto school had nic Thursday. The Hahn, Creek and Butch Brislawn had their picnic Friday. picnics were well attended. There are more than 7 items used in the the complex modern II Cut hay end gross the modern Mower converts your tractor pact, efficient mowing machine. safer --- cutter bar in front maneuverable -- cuts square, clean corners. minutes. Simple design, fewer part& with IH cutter bar parts. 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