The City of Colorado Springs and Wildcat Construction began the major road improvement project in September 2017. The project is divided into four major phases of work. The phases of work will overlap in order to complete the project in a shorter duration. Phasing is subject to change and weather dependent. The project is anticipated to be complete in summer 2019.
Project Hotline: 719-593-9239
Project Email: PikesPeakAvenue@gmail.com
Important Closure Info for May 4th
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Starting Friday, May 4 at 8 p.m. the intersection of Pikes Peak Avenue and Union Boulevard will be closed to facilitate the installation of new underground utilities and roadway work associated with the Pikes Peak Avenue Reconstruction project.
- Pikes Peak Avenue will be restricted to local access only between Hancock Avenue and Meade Avenue and between Bonfoy Avenue and Parkside Parkway
- Union Boulevard will be restricted to local access only between Kiowa Street and the intersection closure and between Memorial Drive and the intersection closure
Traffic approaching this intersection will be controlled by flaggers for crew and motorist safety during the closure. Motorists will be directed to detours using alternate roads:
- Northbound Union traffic will be diverted along Fountain Boulevard east to Circle Drive
- Westbound Pikes Peak traffic will be diverted along Circle Drive north to Platte Avenue
- Southbound Union traffic will be diverted along Platte Avenue west to Hancock Avenue
- Eastbound Pikes Peak traffic will be diverted along Hancock Avenue south to Fountain Boulevard
Access to Memorial Park will be available from Hancock Avenue, Prospect Lake Drive, South Parkside Drive, Airport Road and from Union Boulevard.
Mountain Metro Transit routes will be redirected in this area during the closure. Visit mmtransit.com for updated route information.
Delays are expected. All work is weather-dependent and schedules are subject to change.
Local access to nearby businesses and residences will be provided throughout the intersection closure.
The Pikes Peak Avenue roadway and its utilities are 60-100 years old and reconstruction will improve safety and travel by creating a smooth road surface and replacing water, gas and sewer lines.
For more information, contact the project hotline at 719-593-9239 or email at PikesPeakAvene@gmail.com.
Proposed Construction Schedule
- Phase 1 will install a new storm drain down the middle of Pikes Peak Ave from Shooks Run to Hancock Ave. (Fall 2017 - Spring 2018)
- Phase 2 will install a new storm drain from from Hancock Ave through Union Blvd, install Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) water and wastewater lines under the eastbound lanes of Pikes Peak Ave from Shooks Run to Iowa Ave, and reconstruct the pavement of the eastbound lanes of Pikes Peak Ave from Shooks Run to Printers Pkwy. (Winter 2017 - Winter 2018)
- Phase 3 will install CSU water and wastewater lines under the westbound lanes of Pikes Peak Ave from Shooks Run to Iowa Ave, reconstruct the pavement of the westbound lanes of Pikes Peak Ave from Shooks Run to Hancock Ave, and reconstruct the pavement of the center turn lane of Pikes Peak Ave from Hancock Ave to Printers Pkwy. (Summer 2018 - Spring 2019)
- Phase 4 will reconstruct the pavement of the westbound lanes of Pikes Peak Ave from Hancock Ave to Printers Pkwy and complete the final asphalt overlay and pavement markings over the eastbound and westbound lanes of Pikes Peak Ave from Shooks Run to Printers Pkwy. (Winter 2018 - Summer 2019)
Work began on Phase 1 activities in September 2017. Beginning in December 2017, Wildcat Construction began extending the new storm sewer drainage system eastward with the placement of the 78” diameter concrete storm pipe down the middle of Pikes Peak Avenue from Shooks Run Trail. Motorists will see concrete barriers lining either side of the work zone while one lane of traffic will be maintained in both directions at all times.
When sidewalks or cross walks are impassable, pedestrians will be directed to the closest alternative route. Shooks Run Trail will be closed intermittently in December 2017 and January 2018 during daylight hours, pending weather conditions, while the General Contractor completes the Wing and Head Walls for the new storm sewer drainage system. The work will conclude with placement of the ground cover around the structures as well as a new section of concrete sidewalk for the Shooks Run Trail.
Metro Transit will continue to operate along the corridor. Service at some stops may be temporarily discontinued during construction and redirected to adjacent stops. Rider alerts are available: Please call 385-RIDE.
Budget & Funding
The Pikes Peak Ave Reconstruction is a Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA) project. It was listed as a Priority A project on the November 2012 ballot. The initial funding for this project was authorized by the PPRTA Board in June 2015.
Project Budget = $ 17M
- $ 3.5M Professional Services - Design and Construction Management
- $ 11.5M Reconstruction of Pikes Peak Ave Roadway Pavement and Drainage
- $ 2.0M Colorado Spring Utilities Water and Wastewater Line Replacements
City of Colorado Springs Project Manager
Pikes Peak Avenue is an important east-west corridor leading in to and out of downtown. The roadway and utilities are at least 60-80 years old within much of the project limits, between Shooks Run and Printers Parkway. Most of the pavement and concrete curb and gutter has exceeded its useful life and has deteriorated to the point where a full reconstruction is the best option to ensure that the corridor will continue to have many years of acceptable performance.
In 2016, the City hired AECOM to analyze existing roadway conditions, recommend repairs and prepare construction plans to improve travel and public safety. A public meeting was held during the design phase of the project to provide citizens and business owners an opportunity to review and comment on the proposed improvements. In addition to the public meeting, the design team had numerous one on one meetings with adjacent property owners, including Memorial Park. Memorial Park is a valuable asset to citizens and visitors, the project team will continue to regularly communicate with the Memorial Park event staff to attempt to reduce the impact of the project on the park's programming. The project is funded by the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority.
The City of Colorado Springs advertised for the professional services necessary to complete this project in October 2015. Proposals for the project were due in November 2015. AECOM was selected as most qualified from a qualifications based selection process. The city project manager and AECOM negotiated a scope and fee for project services. The City of Colorado Springs recommended that the PPRTA Board approve the proposed contract at the February 2016 meetings. Ultimately the contract was executed in March of 2016, at which time AECOM began working on the design of the project.
Open House Exhibits
Motorists will experience a smoother ride on Pikes Peak Avenue after the road is reconstructed to correct road grades and upgrade drainage facilities. The entire roadway will be completely reconstructed from Shooks Run to Printer's Parkway, this will involve removing the existing roadway material and replacing it with a more robust layer of base material and a thicker asphalt pavement layer. The existing drainage system will be abandoned and replaced with a substantially larger pipe system.
Pedestrians will also benefit from improved conditions. Curb ramps will be removed and replaced along the entire corridor. Damaged sidewalk will be removed and replaced and missing sidewalk will be installed.
The City of Colorado Springs advertised for the construction services necessary to complete the reconstruction in June 2017. Bids for the project were due July 2017. Wildcat Construction's bid was most advantageous to the City of Colorado Springs. The City of Colorado Springs recommended that the PPRTA Board approve the proposed contract with Wildcat Construction at the August 2017 meeting. The PPRTA approved and executed the contract in August 2017. Wildcat Construction was give the notice to proceed with the contract work in September 2017.
Construction Phasing Plans
The reconstruction of Pikes Peak Ave has been phased into 4 phases. The phases will overlap in order to complete the project in a shorter duration. The phases of the project are illustrated below.
Construction Updates & Information
How long will this project take?
Construction began in September 2017. The extensive amount of work that is involved with this project will require two full construction season. The entire project is scheduled for completion in summer 2019.
Beside roadway improvements, what else is included in this project?
Curb ramps and damaged sidewalks will be replaced throughout the corridor. A number of substantial utility replacements will be completed with this project. The stormwater conveyance system will be replaced and Colorado Springs Utilities will be replacing a substantial amount of water and sanitary sewer lines.
How can I stay informed about the project?
Check this website regularly for the latest project information. If you would like to be sent email updates, please request to be on the "Pikes Peak Ave Reconstruction email distribution list" by sending an email to the project email address PikesPeakAvenue@gmail.com
How can I contact the project team?
Below: Tree removal, March 2018
Below: Lane closures between Hancock and Union, March 2018
Below: Lane closures between Hanckock and Union, March 2018
Below: Memorial Park Farragut entrance closed, March 2018
Below: Storm sewer installation between Iowa and Printers Parkway, February 2018
Below: storm sewer installation, January 2018
Below: Storm sewer outfall at Shooks Run, January 2018
Below: Reconstructing Shooks Run Trail, Jan 2018
Please keep a watch for rough road surfaces and delineators along Pikes Peak Ave during evening hours
Below: Storm Sewer Outfall, October 2017Below: Excavating Storm Sewer Outfall, October 2017
Below: Hauling Excavated Soil, October 2017
Below: Roadway Deterioration, September 2017
Below: Deteriorated Curb & Gutter, September 2017
Below: Deteriorated Pedestrian Ramp, September 2017
Below: Poor Drainage, September 2017
Below: Damaged Sidewalk, September 2017