Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Proposal for Powers freeway

Posted By on Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Last Thursday, the Colorado Department of Transportation presented a plan to the El Paso County commissioners to convert Powers Boulevard into an eight-lane, limited-access freeway.

With an estimated price tag of $730 million, the expansion would be paid for by a combination of local, state, and federal dollars and cover the middle stretch of Powers, from Milton Proby Parkway north to Woodmen Road, covering the majority of the Springs' east side

City Council had earlier heard a similar presentation. The commissioners have taken no action so far but are expected to be supportive of the concept.

An environmental assessment must be completed and approved before the project can be eligible for any federal money. Here is the report prepared by the Federal Highway Administration and CDOT.

High traffic volume on Powers has driven the freeway proposal, and according to the assessment, traffic volume is expected to increase 88 percent along the corridor during the next 25 years. If Powers is not converted into a freeway, cut-through traffic along neighboring residential streets will increase, and travel time will double, the assessment says. The proposed improvements are predicted to reduce travel time.

Powers is the area’s second most traveled roadway after Interstate 25. For more details about the proposed layout of the freeway, click here.

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