East-west mobility has been an issue in the Pikes Peak Region for many years. Austin Bluffs Parkway is a major arterial roadway and a critical component in cross-town mobility. Several studies, plans and initiatives have defined and verified the need to improve the road. They included the following:
Traffic studies concluded that if no improvements were made, congestion would increase and travel times would double. Specific improvements were needed to reduce congestion and travel times; a phased approach not only accommodated fluctuations in funding, but kept traffic moving during the transition. To date, two phases have been completed:
This project began the process of Phase 3. The third phase of the corridor improvements targeted the segments from Nevada Avenue to Union Boulevard, from Union Boulevard to Meadowland Boulevard, and from Barnes Road to Old Farm Drive.