COLORADO SPRINGS — Major construction is starting on one of the largest interchanges in our area - Interstate 25 and Powers Boulevard.
The first phase of the project is connecting I-25 to Voyager Parkway.
Leaders in Colorado Springs say it's a critical piece of transportation for people in the city and that big changes need to be made to keep cars and revenue flowing. Currently, Powers Boulevard reaches Highway 83 and then drivers either have to travel north and get to Northgate Road or south and get to Interquest Parkway.
We're told Exit 155, temporarily named Voyager Parkway, will give direct access to the surrounding area, Polaris Pointe, where there's shopping and entertainment.
We spoke with city leaders and businesses about this project earlier this year.
"The extension of Powers has been contemplated for decades really," said Bob Cope, economic development officer for the City of Colorado Springs.
Mitchell Roth, co-founder of Bourbon Brothers Entertainment, said the project will help put a spotlight on the north end of Colorado Springs.
The project team says the goal is to have the construction completed in spring of 2021.
To officially kick off the project a private groundbreaking event will be happening Wednesday afternoon.