Travel and Tourism Looks to Develop Two Scenic Turnouts Along Byway

Travel and Tourism Looks to Develop Two Scenic Turnouts Along Byway

Sheep Creek Bay Overlook along the Flaming Gorge. SweetwaterNOW photo by Kaylee Hughes

SWEETWATER COUNTY — Sweetwater County will consider an opportunity to collaborate with the Sweetwater County Joint Travel and Tourism Board, and apply for federal funding under the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) through the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

The Sweetwater County Commission will meet Tuesday, April 5, at 8:30 am at the Sweetwater County Courthouse in Green River. During the meeting, the Commission will consider approval of submitting a Statement of Intent (SOI) to the Transportation Alternatives Grant Program for a “Scenic Turnouts and Overlooks Project”.

The purpose of TAP funding is to support community-based projects that expand travel choices and enhance the transportation experience by integrating modes and improving the cultural, historic, and environmental aspects of our transportation infrastructure. The proposed project consists of developing two scenic turnouts with possible trails along the All-American Road (Flaming Gorge – Green River Scenic Byway).

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Submission of an SOI is non-binding and does not commit any obligation to carry out the project. Sweetwater County would have to be the official sponsor of the grant application and project, and oversee all contractual obligations and compliance. If approved, the grant award requires a cash match of 9.51 percent, and must be completed within three years.

The estimated cost for both turnouts is $200,000 to $300,000. If approved, the TAP grant would cover 90.49 percent of the cost, which would be anywhere from $180,980 to $271,470. The local match would be between $19,020 to $28,530.

According to meeting documents, the project is consistent with the 2022 Sweetwater County Tourism Master Plan’s vision and strategy of Outdoor Recreation, which specifically identified, “Work on developing and improving the Flaming Gorge experience from the Sweetwater County side of the gorge.”

To view the full meeting agenda, click here. To view the full meeting packet, click here.