The MPO undertook this project in April 2006. The purpose was to develop a plan to guide future transportation improvements in the East Dell Range/ US 30 Corridor area, including Christensen Overpass. The study area specifically includes US Highway 30 between College Drive and the Archer interchange and Dell Range Boulevard between College Drive and US 30. The study also includes Christensen Road extension from Commerce Circle to US 30. The Plan builds upon a previous Plan developed in September of 2000. The area covered by this plan lies on the eastern edge of Cheyenne and has in recent years experienced heavy residential as well as commercial growth. The problems that lead to the initiation of the original study are even more prevalent today, as this growth shows no signs of letting up any time soon. As industrial and commercial activity continue to grow on the south east edge of town, access as well as connection through the Christensen overpass has become critical.
A Steering Committee with technical expertise was formed to the guide the MPO in the development of this Plan. Design alternatives were reviewed and screened by the Steering Committee with the selection of a preferred alternative. The committee started with about 18 alternatives and narrowed it down to 6 alternatives based on various criteria such as safety, operations, cost effectiveness and flexibility. The preferred alternative in the end was the west realignment of the intersection. The merits of this alternative were that it improved the safety of this intersection by easing the sharp curve of the intersection; it is fairly simple and cost effective in comparison to the other options; it is a more flexible design option and it was also well supported by the public. These design alternatives were presented to the public twice at an open house. The public was also allowed to provide their input when this plan was presented to the City and the County Planning Commissions. The plan was approved by the planning commissions and supported by the Board of Commissioners on July 1 and the City Governing Body on July 28, 2008.