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DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED ACTION

The Proposed Action would modify Powers Boulevard as follows:

  • Reconstruct the existing expressway as a 6-lane freeway for 11 miles from Woodmen Road to Milton E. Proby Parkway (entrance to Colorado Springs Airport), as shown in Exhibit 1.
  • Build 11 new grade-separated interchanges between Woodmen Road and Milton E. Proby Parkway; and
  • Obtain right-of-way to accommodate future interchanges for a freeway on the existing 5.8 mile stretch of Powers Boulevard between Milton E. Proby Parkway and State Highway 16 (see Exhibit 2). Future environmental studies would be needed as a prerequisite for any construction projects south of the Powers Boulevard interchange at Milton E. Proby Parkway.

Exhibit 1. Lane Configuration for 6-Lane Freeway North of Milton E. Proby Parkway

Exhibit 2. Lane Configuration for 4-Lane Freeway South of Milton E. Proby Parkway

Exhibit 3. Summary of the Proposed Action and the No Action Alternative

Exhibit 3. Summary of the Proposed Action and the No Action Alternative

Powers roadway mainline

Proposed Action

  • Upgrade to 6-lane freeway with acceleration lanes, Woodmen Road to Milton E. Proby Parkway
  • Obtain right-of-way for future interchanges for a freeway from Milton E. Proby Parkway to SH 16

No Action Alternative

No modifications to the existing road, which is:

  • 6-lane expressway, Woodmen Road to Airport Road
  • 4-lane expressway, Airport Road to SH 16

Connection with cross-streets

Proposed Action

Build grade-separated interchanges at the 11 arterial crossings denoted with a solid dot in the figure at left; build overpasses at three cross-streets denoted with an open dot (South Carefree Circle, Aeroplaza Drive, and Astrozon Boulevard), allowing traffic to cross under Powers Boulevard with no direct access; direct access also would no longer be available at four side-street streets; Victor Place, Waynoka Road, Omaha Boulevard, and Triple Crown Way. Generally, ramp and local street changes would be made to mitigate loss of direct access.

No Action Alternative

No modifications to the existing connections, which are: interchanges at Platte Avenue and Woodmen Road; 15 at-grade, signalized intersections; unsignalized access at other existing cross-streets.

Ramp and frontage road features

Proposed Action

  • Build a southbound frontage road on the western side of Powers Boulevard from Barnes Road to Palmer Park Boulevard.
  • Build a northbound frontage road on the eastern side of Powers Boulevard from Galley Road to Palmer Park Boulevard, and another from North Carefree Cirlce to Barnes Road.
  • Build “Texas Turnaround” ramps on Powers Boulevard at three locations near Constitution Avenue and Palmer Park Boulevard, enabling traffic to access either direction of Powers Boulevard without going through a signalized intersection.

No Action Alternative

No new ramps or frontage roads are anticipated.

 
ADDITIONAL DETAILS OF THE PROPOSED ACTION

NUMBER OF LANES AND INTERCHANGE CONFIGURATIONS FOR THE PROPOSED ACTIONS
 
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