The area of Colorado Springs along the three miles of Black Forest Road between Woodmen and Old Ranch roads has experienced considerable growth over the past several years, with continued growth projected. Much of the area, as well as the arterial connections to Black Forest Road (Research Parkway/Marksheffel Road and Briargate Parkway/Stapleton Road), is projected to be developed within the next five to ten years. Several large developments have already been constructed in this area. A cohesive plan is needed for future improvements or widening in this portion of Black Forest Road. The existing and proposed development requires more capacity on this section of Black Forest Road than the current two-lane section provides.
Black Forest Road is classified as a Principal Arterial to serve as the primary corridor for travel in the area between Woodmen and Old Ranch roads. Because development continues rapidly, the City of Colorado Springs has initiated a Corridor Widening Study establish an implementation plan to meet current and future capacity needs. It will enable the City to move forward with future project design phases as funding become available for needed improvements and widening of the three-mile segment of Black Forest Road.
The implementation plan will determine:
- Near-term construction limits and phasing of construction improvements
- The required number of travel lanes
- Water quality and detention to mitigate flooding
- Erosion mitigation of Cottonwood Creek in the project area and the channel south of Research Parkway
- Replacement of the Cottonwood Creek Bridge
- ADA compliance and multimodalIncluding more than one mode of transportation. For example, a facility that accommodates lanes for motorized vehicles, bike lanes, sidewalks, and transit stops. accommodations
The project largely is within the City of Colorado Springs with a portion in El Paso County. There have been ongoing discussions between the City and El Paso County to transfer county ownership of Black Forest Road from Wooden Road to Old Ranch Road to the City. Currently, the City of Colorado Springs has jurisdiction along Black Forest Road primarily south of Research Parkway, with the exception of the west side of Black Forest Road from Vollmer to Cowpoke roads. El Paso County has jurisdiction along with the remainder of Black Forest Road.
Improvements of Black Forest Road (Woodmen Road to Research Parkway) has funding through the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority II (PPRTA) as an “A” list project. Additional City of Colorado Springs and El Paso County funding for construction is possible.
- Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority II (PPRTA II) identifies an “A List” project to widen Black Forest Road to a four-lane Principal Arterial from Woodmen Road to Research Parkway, including a new bridge over Cottonwood Creek.
- PPRTA II identifies a “B List” project to widen Black Forest Road to a four-lane Principal Arterial from Research Parkway to Old Ranch Road.
- Corridor Widening Study Phase – May through December 2019
- Preliminary Design – Spring 2020
- Final Design and Plans – Summer – Fall 2020
- Construction – 2021-2022
City of Colorado Springs:
Public meetings for the project will be scheduled in late 2019/early 2020 and posted here
Meeting documents will also be available here at that time.