Changes to Frontier Park traffic could be coming in 2018

If you found yourself stuck in traffic at Frontier Park while leaving a rodeo or night show during Frontier Days, you’ll be thrilled to hear that we’re working to fix that!

During this year’s event, we worked with Ayres and Associates to conduct a traffic study around Frontier Park. From the results, they’ll make a plan to improve traffic patterns around the area, as well as develop a traffic/transportation plan to more efficiently move vehicles, buses, and pedestrians to and from the park.

This study is really the first of its kind,” explains our director, Tom Mason. “A study looking at traffic patterns around Frontier Park in a holistic way has never been done before.”

Back last winter, Cheyenne Frontier Days came to the MPO Policy Committee to ask for our assistance in solving issues with traffic circulation and traffic patterns to, from, and around Frontier Park. To do this, we needed to enlist the help of an outside firm that had experience with major event traffic. Enter Ayres and Associates, a firm whose past experience includes major events like the Indianapolis 500, RCA Dome (formerly Hoosier Dome), Milwaukee Summerfest and Chase Field in Phoenix.

The study begins

Ayres and Associates kicked off the process by interviewing the Cheyenne Police Department, Cheyenne Transit, Laramie County School District #1, city traffic officials, and members of the CFD committee, collecting information from each to help understand the existing traffic issues.

From there, data collection began.

Ayres and Associates installed special cameras at 14 intersections around Frontier Park, each of which collected a video count of vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians in the area on two separate days: Cheyenne Day and the final Saturday of CFD. They also used aerial photography to capture the amount of cars parked in the lots at Frontier Park, as well as on the streets in the Avenues area on those two specific days.

What’s next?

Later this summer, Ayres and Associates will work with a steering committee to create proposed recommendations for a traffic plan—one that could possibly be implemented by as soon as next year’s CFD! Those recommendations will then be presented in the fall during a public meeting, and come winter, the plan will begin the approval process with the CFD board of directors and the governing body of Cheyenne.

We hope that CFD is as great an experience as possible for everyone who attends,” Tom says. “Improving traffic to and from the park is part of the experience, and we want to make that better.”

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