Lane Project Underway on Powers

July 17, 2014 - Southeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 2 - COLORADO SPRINGS — The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is starting work to add acceleration, deceleration and auxiliary lanes on State Highway 21 (Powers Boulevard) between Constitution Avenue and Galley Road.

Lanes are being constructed to improve access to and from the following intersections:


  • From eastbound Palmer Park Boulevard to southbound Powers
  • From westbound Palmer Park to northbound Powers


  • From southbound Powers to westbound Victor Place
  • From southbound Powers to westbound Galley


  • Southbound Powers, south from Victor Place
  • Southbound Powers, south from Galley
  • Northbound Powers, north from Galley/Omaha Boulevard
  • Northbound Powers, north from Sand Creek to Constitution

Initial work consists of relocating utilities and some minor excavation, with no traffic impacts.  Beginning next week, drivers can expect shoulder and some turn lane closures from7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.  A reduced 40 mph speed limit will be effect, when necessary, to help maintain safety through the work zone.

The project also includes construction of a new box culvert for Sand Creek under Waynoka Road, just east of Powers, and new curbs and gutters and overhead signs.

“This is primarily a safety project,” said CDOT Project Engineer Jay D. Johnson.  “Adding accel, decel and auxiliary lanes is an effective way to enhance safety by giving drivers a way to safely merge into or out of the primary driving lanes.  They also help keep traffic from jamming up when there’s lots of merging traffic.  This project will also greatly improve drainage along the entire project corridor.”

Blue Ridge Construction, Inc. of Colorado Springs is the contractor for the $2.7 million project.  It is scheduled for completion in November 2014.

Additional information is available by calling the project hotline at (719) 578-5225, Ext. 10.

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