In June 2018 the City of Colorado Springs, in partnership with El Paso County and the Colorado Department of Transportation, completed Phase 2 of the Woodmen Road Corridor Improvements Project. The $46 million project expanded Woodmen Road to six lanes between Stinson Road and Lexington Drive and built a new Continuous Flow Intersection (CFI) at Woodmen Road and Union Boulevard. The project design also included reducing the grade, or incline, of Woodmen Road in the area of Lexington Drive to increase visibility for motorists and improve overall traffic safety. Additional key design features included building new medians, turn lanes, bike lanes, sound walls, streetlights, sidewalks and landscaping.
As of June 2018, the project is complete.
The new CFI, a first in Colorado Springs, and the widening of Woodmen Road, allows for a larger volume of traffic along this vital east/west corridor, as well as decreases the wait time encountered at a traditional intersection. Now, six lanes of through traffic, four left turn lanes and two right turn lanes, can safely move from Woodmen Road to Union Boulevard simultaneously. Additionally, sustainable design addressed water quality and sound pollution, Phase 2 continued the aesthetic theme developed in Phase 1 for walls and landscaping, uniform road lighting improved safety for both pedestrians and the traveling public, and the team built a Tier 1 concrete trail to accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists along the west side of Union Boulevard to connect the Cottonwood and Skyline trails.
The Woodmen Road Corridor Improvement Project began in 2000 to improve the roadway capacity for the 11-mile section of Woodmen Road between I-25 and US 24. The improvements include widening the corridor to six lanes between I-25 and State Highway 21 (Powers Boulevard) and widening the corridor to four lanes between State Highway 21 and US 24. In addition, the project included the interchange at the Woodmen Road and Academy Boulevard intersection and the CFI at the Woodmen Road and Union Boulevard intersection to facilitate increased traffic. The corridor construction is complete.