Feb 22, 2013 1:30 PM by Zach Thaxton
Centennial Boulevard, long dubbed the 'road to nowhere' in Colorado Springs because of its seemingly inexplicable terminus at Fillmore Street, will finally go somewhere, starting in 2015. Kathleen Krager, Traffic Manager for the City of Colorado Springs, says passage of the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA) extension in the November election assures that funding will finally be available to extend Centennial south and connect it to West Fontanero Street just west of I-25.
"We're really excited to get the funding for it," Krager said. "It provides not only a good north-south route on the west side of town, but it will also relieve some of the traffic congestion that we currently have at the Fillmore/I-25 interchange." The timing is just right, Krager says. A huge new VA clinic is currently under construction at Centennial and Fillmore and other developments are planned in the area. However, most of the land adjacent to the Centennial extension will remain open space, Krager says.
Turning Centennial from the 'road to nowhere' into a road to somewhere will cost $10-12 million in PPRTA funds. "It has been in city plans since the early 1980s," Krager said. "It went through a public involvement process years ago, so it's been a well-known project, but simply one that we did not have funding for."