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South Powers extension study begins with public open house

 

Last updated 5/23/2022 at 10:04pm

El Paso County, in conjunction with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), has initiated a study on a proposed extension of South Powers Boulevard (CO 21). The project extends from the existing portion of South Powers Boulevard, connecting south of Mesa Ridge Parkway (CO 16) and extends to I-25 south of Fountain.

The Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study and Access Control Plan (ACP) will identify existing conditions to determine the needs within the corridor. The study will develop and evaluate a range of reasonable alternatives to identify a recommended alignment and list of potential projects that will provide the basis for future projects and studies. The project will identify a corridor preservation footprint to facilitate transportation planning and decision-making for the corridor, recognizing the amount of planned development already present in this corridor.

Public Open House

The public is invited to learn about the project and provide input during an Open House on Wednesday, May 25, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at Fountain City Hall, 116 S. Main St.

The Open House is an opportunity for the public to: 

Learn about the PEL study; 

Review the Vision for the corridor and Reason for the project; 

Review the existing conditions of the area; 

Submit comments or questions to the project team; and, 

Provide valued input to help shape the recommendations for the corridor. 

American sign language and Spanish interpretation services available upon request by sending an email at least five days in advance to: [email protected] 

Virtual Open House: A Virtual Open House will be available between May 25 and June 15 in which comments can be submitted geographically on an Interactive Comment Map. To receive a link to this virtual open house, and/or sign up for updates on the study, please email [email protected] and request to be added to the distribution list. Contact information provided for this distribution list will be used exclusively by the project team for project updates.  

Background

Since 1963, Powers Boulevard has been planned as a bypass alternative to I-25 along the eastern edge of the city of Colorado Springs. As one of Colorado's 28 strategic corridors and a key element of the National Highway System, Powers Boulevard is a critical corridor supporting local, regional, and national mobility.

As a critical component of the Region's Congestion Management Plan, South Powers Boulevard provides access to five major military installations, will be the major north/south thoroughfare for the rapidly developing eastern edge of the city of Fountain, and provides direct access to the Colorado Springs Airport and its surrounding business park. 

This project was identified in the 2000 South Powers Corridor Feasibility Study and referenced in the 2010 Powers Link Environmental Assessment. The PEL study will build upon these previous planning documents to identify a South Powers Boulevard Extension corridor alignment. It will support El Paso County, local agencies, stakeholders, and the public to determine future improvements.

For more information about the South Powers Extension PEL Study, visit:  https://www.SouthPowersExtensionStudy.com

 

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