Woodmen Improvement Project Wins Award

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Work on the Woodmen Road Corridor Improvement Project Phase 2 won the 2018 Colorado Chapter Award for the American Public Works Association (Transportation category for large municipalities). Improvements to Woodmen Road between east of Academy Blvd to Lexington Blvd included widening the roadway to six travel lanes and constructing a Continuous Flow Intersection at Woodmen and Union Blvd to improve traffic flow through the corridor over the next twenty years.

Noted for innovation is the Continuous Flow Intersection, a first for Colorado Springs! Widening of Woodmen Road allows for greater traffic volumes along this vital east-west corridor, while decreasing the wait time encountered at a traditional intersection.

A grade-separated interchange like the one at Academy and Woodmen would alleviate congestion, but because it was cost prohibitive engineers decided to think outside the box and create an alternative that could maximize the use of green signal time to perform several turning movements while cars crossed the intersection. This is just one of the reasons why this project received this distinguished award.

This project was funded thanks to voter-approved Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority dollars and engineered and constructed by AECOM and Wildcat Construction, respectively.