Major northeastern Colorado Springs intersection back open ahead of schedule along Powers

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Published: Sep. 14, 2022 at 12:59 PM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A new Diverging Diamond Interchange opened Wednesday at Powers Boulevard (Highway 21) and Research Parkway on the east side of Colorado Springs.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) says that the interchange will allow continuous movement through the intersection and increase traffic flow by getting rid of left turns against oncoming traffic.

“Folks have been waiting for this for quite a while. We have had that access closed on Research Parkway for quite some time,” said CDOT communications manager Michelle Peulen. “However, this project was definitely accelerated. We were able to complete it in a shorter amount of time.”

The project began in the summer of 2021, funded by covid stimulus money. The intersection previously had a four-way stoplight, which caused major backups as drivers sat in multiple light cycles waiting to go through the intersection.

“We hope the community will find that it was worth the wait. We definitely want to thank the community, they had a lot of patience as we went through this, there were some growing pains. That enhanced safety and mobility is really going to make a difference,” said Peulen.

Paving on Powers Boulevard will continue on portions of the roadway, with nighttime single lane closures lasting through the coming weeks. CDOT hopes to clean up the work zone by November.

A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Community Celebration will be held to celebrate the interchange opening on Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. at West Creek Park.