Powers Boulevard and Research Parkway Interchange Design

The proposed design for Powers Boulevard at Research Parkway.

Drivers should expect upcoming lane closures on Powers Boulevard and Research Parkway early this week as crews prepare to begin the long-awaited reconstruction of the major northern Colorado Springs intersection.

Crews will close a single southbound lane on Powers Boulevard between Research Parkway and Woodmen Road beginning 9 p.m. Wednesday through 6 a.m. Thursday, a release from the Colorado Department of Transportation states.

A similar closure will occur on northbound Powers Boulevard between Research Parkway and Woodmen Road beginning at 9 p.m. Thursday until 6 a.m. Friday, the release said.

There will also be double lane closures on east- and westbound Research Parkway between Grand Cordera Parkway and Channel Drive from 7 p.m. Wednesday until 5 a.m. Thursday, and again from 7 p.m. Thursday until 5 a.m. Friday.

Speeds will be reduced to 45 mph on Powers Boulevard and to 35 mph on Research Parkway during the closures, the release said. Motorists should expect delays.

The estimated $43.6 million “shovel ready” reconstruction project will turn the heavily trafficked crossing into a “diverging diamond interchange” similar to the one at Fillmore Street and Interstate 25, with vehicles on Research Parkway crossing to the opposite side at a traffic light so left-turning drivers don’t have to cross oncoming traffic to reach Powers. Powers Boulevard would run above Research with no stoplight.

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Breeanna Jent covers El Paso County government. She previously worked as the editorial assistant for the Pikes Peak Newspapers and joined their sister paper, The Gazette, in 2020.

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