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City of Colorado Springs / City Engineering / PPRTA Projects / Austin Bluffs Interchange at Union Boulevard

Austin Bluffs Interchange at Union Boulevard

Project Description: Improvements included construction of a grade-separated single point urban interchange. Entrance and exit ramps were provided from Austin Bluffs, intersecting with Union at a single signalized intersection. Union was widened at the intersection to allow double left-turn lanes and right-turn lanes for traffic operations. Three through lanes in each direction were continued on Union.
The completed Austin Bluffs Interchange at Union Boulevard
The completed Austin Bluffs Interchange

Total estimated project cost: $35.7 million
2005 = $7,511,000
2006 = $15,000,000
2007 = $12,993,000

Project schedule:
Construction - January 2007 to November 2008

History: CH2M Hill was selected as the final design/construction management consultant. The PPRTA Board approved the consultant contract for final design/construction services for the Austin Bluffs Interchange at Union Boulevard project at its May 2005 meeting. Neighborhood meetings were held on August 31, 2005 and September 1, 2005. A project open house was held with the public on October 4, 2005. A construction contract with Lawrence Construction was approved by the PPRTA board on December 13, 2006. Construction began in January 2007 and a kick-off open house was held on January 29, 2007. The Austin Bluffs Parkway overpass opened to vehicle traffic on September 11, 2008. A project completion was held on November 8, 2008.

This project received two engineering awards in 2009.  The American Public Works Association - Colorado Chapter presented a public works project award for Street and Traffic Engineering/Operation/Maintenance for a large community.

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado (ACEC/CO) presented the project with an Engineering Award of Excellence.

Project Managers:
Scott Asher, CH2M Hill
Mike Chaves, City Engineering Division 719-385-5408
Clyde Pikkaraine, City PPRTA
Bill Rumler, Lawrence Construction Co.
Rochelle Reeder, Lawrence Construction Co.(PRACO)