It was either closing a lane of traffic or closing a sidewalk.

So the City of Casper's building department decided to close the sidewalks and erect barriers at the southeast corner of East Second and South Kimball streets during the construction of the ANB Bank at 485 E. Second St., instead of creating a temporary pedestrian walkway at the intersection, according to a news release from the city.

Both eastbound lanes of traffic on East Second Street will remain open.

This week, the ANB Bank contractor will put up signs to redirect pedestrians to the north side of East Second Street and to the west side of South Kimball Street. This signage will remain until completion of the project.

The contractor has removed the right-turn lane and island on northbound Kimball Street at Second Street to reduce traffic speeds and increase pedestrian safety. It also will install new sidewalks, infrastructure conforming to the Americans With Disabilities Act, curbs and gutters.

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