The complete vision for Powers Boulevard a four- to six-lane facility, approximately 36 miles in length, with its northern and southern terminus connecting with I-25. Ultimately it is intended to be a grade-separated freeway.
This project focuses on Powers South from Mesa Ridge Parkway (CO 16) to I-25 utilizing the preferred alternative locations from the South Powers Boulevard Feasibility Study of July 2000. There is currently a large amount of development in this rapidly growing area of the City of Fountain and El Paso County (EPC). While most of the project area is currently within the jurisdiction of the County, it is likely that a significant portion of the currently developing areas within the corridor may be incorporated into the Cities of Fountain or Colorado Springs as development progresses. While it is anticipated that South Powers Boulevard shall begin as a locally owned road, it is expected that the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) shall eventually maintain it as a state highway. Close coordination shall be required with the Cities of Fountain and Colorado Springs, EPC, and CDOT regarding these considerations throughout the project.
Since 1963, Powers Boulevard was planned as a by-pass alternative for I-25 along the eastern edge of the City of Colorado Springs. As one of the State of Colorado's 28 strategic corridors and a key element of the National Highway System, Powers Boulevard is a critical corridor supporting local, regional, and national mobility. It is a critical component of the Region's Congestion Management Plan, provides access to five major military installations, shall be the major north/south thoroughfare for the rapidly developing eastern edge of the City of Colorado Springs, and provides direct access to the City of Colorado Springs Airport and its surrounding business park.
Regional partners (El Paso County/Fountain/Colorado Springs/CDOT/Federal Highway Administration/Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments) are working together to continue planning for the South Powers Boulevard corridor that will help preserve right-of-way, plan for limited access for the freeway standard, plan for multimodal use and crossings of the corridor, and provide predictability to development by studying an alignment.
In 2000, a Feasibility Study determined the appropriate corridor plan and alignment for the extension of Powers Boulevard south from Fontaine Boulevard to a connection with I-25. The corridor plan defines the proper phasing and next steps for the implementation of completing Powers Boulevard to the South. The study was led by the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG), collaborating with the Colorado Department of Transportation, El Paso County, and the City of Fountain. These agencies formed the Technical Team.
The Pikes Peak Region has a long history of cooperative and collaborative planning. Together, that has established a joint vision for orderly development, environmental stewardship, and a connected, multimodal regional transportation network to serve the region. Prominent among the planning that established a strong foundation for the full Powers Boulevard corridor, from/to connections to/from Interstate 25 to the north and south of the Colorado Springs metropolitan area, are land use, transportation, and urban growth plans that have been developed jointly and separately by the PPACG, El Paso County, the City of Colorado Springs, and the City of Fountain.
Pikes Peak Regional Land Use Plan
Colorado Springs' Regional Major Thoroughfare Plan Update
Adopted by the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments, El Paso County, and the City of Colorado Springs.
General alignment is shown in the Colorado Springs’ Regional Major Thoroughfare Plan update.
El Paso County Major Transportation Corridors Plan
The complete Powers Boulevard alignment, including the south extension, was first depicted on EPC’s Major Transportation Corridors Plan (MTCP) and remained on the current (2016) MTCP.
National Highway System Map
Federal, State, and local planning processes include the recommendation of Powers Boulevard as part of the National Highway Systems designation. The National Highway System Map includes Powers Boulevard.
Federal Strategic Highway Access Network (STRAHNET)
Powers Boulevard, including the southern alignment, was also identified as part of the Federal Strategic Highway Access Network (STRAHNET) that provides critical access to and among military installations. The Pikes Peak Region is home to five military commands/facilities.
South Powers Boulevard Feasibility Study
The South Powers Boulevard Feasibility Study identified a preferred alignment for the southernmost segment of the Powers Boulevard/CO 21 corridor with ultimate direct connection to I-25.
Fountain Transportation Master Plan
Fountain Transportation Master Plan is adopted by City Council
City of Fountain Traffic Master Plan
The South Powers Extension was included in Fountain’s Traffic Master Plan (TMP) and remains on the current (2022) TMP.
El Paso County Major Transportation Plan
El Paso County Major Transportation Corridors Plan (Corridor Preservation Plan) includes South Powers Boulevard
Colorado Springs ConnectCOS
Colorado Springs ConnectCOS was amended to add the South Powers Extension alignment outside the current boundaries of the City of Colorado Springs.