North Nevada Avenue Corridor Reconstruction
Matrix completed design and construction documents for the redevelopment of North Nevada Avenue from Austin Bluffs Parkway to I-25 in Colorado Springs. This segment of North Nevada comprises approximately 1.0 miles of former state highway 85/87 and serves the recently designated North Nevada Redevelopment Area.
The project serves as a gateway to the city by transforming the once-rural roadway into a six-lane principal complete street urban arterial. The improvements include the addition of a landscaped curbed median, signalized intersections, and an upgraded drainage system. One of the major components of the project is a 150 ft pedestrian underpass which provides safe and convenient access between the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and the proposed urban renewal planned retail center.
In addition to the roadway and aesthetic improvements, the projected posed numerous engineering challenges, including:
- A minimum of 13 utilities needed to be addressed via relocation or avoidance
- Two critical utilities included a major underground electrical transmission line and a vital Qwest communication duct bank; these intersected with a pedestrian underpass
- These critical utilities required relocation; yet, due to their extreme importance, the timing of the relocation was not permitted to delay the schedule of the project
To keep the project on track, the Matrix team developed an innovative design and construction sequence resulting in simultaneous utilities relocation and bridge construction without the disturbance of either utility.