Posted at 12 p.m. Feb. 7, 2014

Change comes to South Greeley

South Greeley Highway

Down new roads:

The South Greeley Highway Corridor Project will focus on making it a business/community artery instead of a high-speed thoroughfare.

Photo by Patricia Hill

The process has begun to make South Greeley a business and community artery and not a high-speed thoroughfare.

The traffic flow on South Greeley Highway has caused concern for locals who live and work near the highway, which is a main route to the Laramie County Community College.

The South Greeley Highway Corridor, a special project of the Laramie County Planning and Development Office, accesses or intersects with five major streets in the South Cheyenne area.

The Cheyenne Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the county planning office contracted AVI Engineers in Cheyenne to study corridor planning projects and develop a design.  

The South Cheyenne Community Development Association (SCCDA), community groups, business owners, property owners, residents, Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) and the Cheyenne City County Planning Office with jurisdiction over traffic in the South Cheyenne area were also a part of the planning phase.   

Design made to enhance circulation

In 2004, a schematic design was completed to study the South Greeley Highway Corridor to enhance circulation and access to homes and businesses in the southwest quadrant of Cheyenne, mitigating the need for sole reliance on South Greeley Highway.

According to the “South Cheyenne Community Assessment” presented to the people of South Cheyenne, April 2009, SCCDA served as the community contact and took the lead in agenda development, logistics and publicity for the assessment. Resource team members were selected to visit, interview residents, business and community leaders to develop a plan of recommended action for South Cheyenne.

The document said the Community Assessment Resource Team toured the community and interviewed more than 80 people in nine listening sessions during a two-day period from April 29—30, 2009. The team produced a 23-page assessment documenting interviewed representatives from the following segments of the community: local business, city, law enforcement, youth, firefighters, grandparents, parents and the general public.

Paula Qualls, a SCCDA board member and also a member of the assessment planning team, said, “Changes had to be made to the first set of plans because of complaints from citizens.”    

In August 2009, the assessment team followed up on the recommendations and priorities from the residents. According to the project director of the Cheyenne Metropolitan Planning Organization, Tom Mason, during a period between August 2009 and 2011 the MPO encountered opposition from unhappy property owners along the highway. The assessment showed residents were “strongly opposed to raised medians, widening or increasing speed” on South Greeley Highway.

South Greeley Highway Corridor plan created

The Laramie County Commissioners created a policy statement under the county planning office that would become “The South Greeley Highway Corridor: Main Street of South Cheyenne Plan.”

In 2012, the commissioners asked the CCDA to take the lead in preparing a new plan for the South Greeley Highway Corridor, US 85 from I-80 to Terry Ranch Road. They directed the Laramie County Planning and Development Department and the MPO to work with the SCCDA, with assistance requested from WYDOT and the city of Cheyenne.

From November 2012—January 2013, SCCDA held a series of public meetings to ask residents of South Cheyenne about their neighborhood. The report back to the community came last May, and the commissioners adopted South Greeley Highway Corridor Plan on June 18. 

This document said the South Greeley Highway Corridor was the Main Street of South Cheyenne, and future development should recognize South Greeley as a main street rather than a high-speed highway.

Short-term planning objectives for the project include traffic modeling, traffic signals, reduced speed limits, streetlights and sidewalks, crosswalks and drainage.

Midterm planning objectives were road extensions and connections, improvements to the port of entry enforcement and a study of a route for the High Plains Road to I-25.

The document said certain changes would not be acceptable and residents of South Cheyenne are strongly opposed to raised medians, widening the road and increasing road speed.

Main Street of South Cheyenne plan approved

Once the plans were approved, the SCCDA, along with significant input from residents of South Cheyenne and the Laramie County Planning Office provided the following guidance regarding planning:  short term (one—five years), midterm (five—15 years) and long-term (15—30 years).

Noting traffic modeling is in progress, the project is in the early short-term planning stage. 

The SCCDA believes that several roadways that should be extended and/or connected to South Greeley Highway are Wallick Road, Division Street, Avenue C and Allison Road.

The intersections that might warrant traffic signals are Jefferson, Prosser and West Wallick. 

Work began on Division Avenue at the end of fiscal year 2013.

All work on this project will take place in fiscal year 2014 for an estimated cost of $59,860, according to the Cheyenne Area MPO Unified Planning Work Program. 

 


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