The project rebuilt Barnes Road between Powers Boulevard and the Homestead Trail crossing, just east of Solar Ridge Drive. The project brought area roadways and utility infrastructure in line with the rapid development in the area, improving access and safety to local businesses and neighborhoods.
In addition to repaving four lanes of Barnes Road, improvements included:
- Median, sidewalks, turn lanes and stormwater infrastructure on Barnes Road where there weren’t any before
- Overhead utility lines were moved underground
- Lowering part of Barnes Road by seven feet, improving safety on the steep hill
- Signalized intersection with left turn lanes at Barnes and Rio Vista Drive/Chaparral Road
- Improved curb and gutter, and new pavement on a section of Jeffery Road, which connects Barnes to the Old Farm neighborhood
- Rebuilt Chaparral Road, connecting Barnes to Jeffery Road. Chaparral had been closed for three years due to the lack of roadway infrastructure and right-of-way concerns.
Construction was led by Pyramid Construction, with design by SEH, public information by Hayward LLC, and project management by the engineering firm AECOM. The project team, including City of Colorado Springs and Colorado Springs Utilities staff and crews, are grateful for the patience of neighbors in the project area—residents, businesses and their customers—who had to deal with construction closures and utility impacts while we all navigated the pandemic.
Construction began in February 2020, with work on Barnes Road completed in July 2021, and Chaparral Road completed in August 2021.
The project budget is approximately $ 3,225,000, funded by the voter-approved PPRTA2 program.