City to begin major construction work on Barnes Road

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A 10-month construction project begins Wednesday, Feb. 26 to make voter-approved improvements to a section of Barnes Road west of Powers Boulevard.

The project will rebuild the four-lane stretch of Barnes Road between Powers Boulevard and the Homestead Trail crossing, just east of Solar Ridge Drive, installing a median, sidewalks, turn lanes and storm drain infrastructure where there wasn’t any before. Colorado Springs voters approved two projects to fund improvements to Barnes Road, via the PPRTA-2 “A List” approved by voters in 2012, and the City’s 2C paving program approved by voters in 2015. 

The project budget is approximately $3.25 million, funded primarily by PPRTA2. The final top-lift of asphalt will be provided by the 2C program after the PPRTA2 portion of the project is completed. 

“This project completes a series of improvements to Barnes Road over the past few years, and illustrates the efficient use of taxpayer dollars, along with Colorado Springs Utilities resources, to optimize infrastructure improvements under one construction schedule,” said Kevin Diekelman, project engineer for the City of Colorado Springs. “Residents and commuters in the area will endure less inconvenience than if each of these elements were built independently by their own programs.”

Work will begin outside the roadway this week, with lane closures and other traffic impacts beginning in late March.  Throughout construction, one lane of traffic will remain open in each direction of Barnes Road, and all businesses and residential areas will be accessible, although some temporary residential detours will be necessary at times.

For project information or to receive emails with construction updates, visit https://coloradosprings.gov/barnesroad.

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