With months of public hearings and preliminary planning behind them, organizers of a 6-mile extension of Woodmen Road to Highway 24 in Falcon are moving ahead on plans to improve and extend the busy arterial. Woodmen Road currently carries heavy daily commuter traffic on a two-lane stretch between Powers Boulevard east to Highway 24.
“We started out thinking that we could use the $15 million allocated to this project through special district bond sales and federal dollars to build a four-lane trafficway from Powers Boulevard to Falcon,” Terry Schooler states, “but based on engineering reports, the existing six miles of road is so dangerous and substandard that we’ve had to first address poor construction and drainage issues.”
Approximately $10 million is expected to be generated through metropolitan district bonds, $2 million from El Paso County and the remaining $3.1 million from the Federal Urban Improvement fund.
Schooler, a Colorado Springs consultant on the project’s planning team sees the move by the City, County and private landowners to form a special district to pay for additional Woodmen Road expansion as vital to the safety of eastern El Paso County residents.
As part of the proposed Metropolitan District program, a safety improvement plan has been proposed. This plan will focus on rebuilding a currently dangerous Woodmen Road intersection at Black Forest Road; includes construction of two new lanes from Marksheffel to Meridian Road, and will leave the former Woodmen Road as a frontage road with several access points at major intersections between Powers and Meridian.
Others involved in the Woodmen Road Metropolitan District planning team include Terry Harris, County Administrator; attorney Peter Susemihl, Woodmen Road landowners and developers as well as Colorado Springs City Planning and Transportation departments. Schooler notes that all parties involved in formation of the proposed Special District are scheduled to vote on the plan at the November general election.