by Pam Zubeck
Milton E. Proby Parkway is getting attention among engineer types, the city announces in a news release.
First, the Colorado chapter of the American Public Works Association named it the Project of the Year.
Second, the project is featured on the cover of the January 2013 issue of the Colorado Public Works Journal.
The $55.4 million project converted a two-mile, two-lane road into a four-lane divided Parkway, with three bridges added. The the parkway runs between South Academy Boulevard and Powers Boulevard.
From the release:
“The recognition of Milton E. Proby Parkway by the State Chapter of the APWA as the 2012 Project of the Year is a great honor for the City of Colorado Springs and a testament to the tremendous regional benefit that the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority provides. This new expressway forms the ‘Gateway to the City of Colorado Springs’ creating a high-speed link between the airport, I-25 and downtown Colorado Springs. The project partnerships included working with the neighborhoods, businesses, Colorado Springs Airport, Colorado Department of Transportation, and El Paso County,” said City Public Works Director Helen Migchelbrink.
The award will be presented at the Annual Awards Luncheon on Monday, January 28th at the Denver Marriot South.
The interchange is named for the late Rev. Milton E. Proby, who campaigned for civil rights and equality as the pastor for St. John's Baptist Church. He was honored by the NAACP as a "living legend" in 2003. He died in 2005, and in 2006 City Council decided to name the project for him.