‘It’ll be faster’: Work to start soon to connect Powers to I-25

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - There will soon be another road in Colorado Springs to make it easier and faster to drive around town.

A map of the proposed construction project for phase one of the Powers Boulevard extension. Picture courtesy: City of Colorado Springs

The city plans to extend Powers Boulevard to connect to I-25.

“It’ll be a lot easier to use the Colorado Springs Airport, getting down to Peterson Air Force Base and getting up to the Air Force Academy, as well,” said Travis Easton, the city’s public works director. “So once the overall project is done, phases one and two, people will be able to navigate north to south, and vice versa, a lot easier.”

Phase one includes connecting Voyager Parkway to the interstate. That portion will cost about $55 million. Part of the sales tax people pay on goods in the Copper Ridge Metropolitan District will be used to fund the project. People will not have to pay anything extra.

Phase two will extend Powers Boulevard from where it currently ends at Highway 83 over to Voyager Parkway. There’s no estimated cost for that part of the project yet.

The purpose of extending Powers is to reduce traffic on other roads and make travel more direct.

“There’s going to be about a 30 percent reduction at Voyager and Interquest by the year 2040 and about a 20 percent reduction in traffic at Voyager and North Gate,” Easton said.

While it might come as a surprise to some, Easton said the project has been in the works for a long time.

“The state has had this in various documents and studies since, I believe, 1999,” he said. “At least that’s the earliest that I’ve been made aware of, so quite some time.”

Easton said the project is finally getting underway because funding is now in place.

Construction is expected to start in mid-October and finish up around the end of 2020 for phase one. Plans for phase two are still being discussed, so there’s no estimated time for when construction will start and end, according to Easton.