After holidays: Prime time for sewer-line work

       It may not be consolation for people accustomed to using 24th and 25th streets south of Colorado Avenue, but the sewer-line project blocking those streets this week could have been scheduled at a worse time… like summer tourist season or Christmas.

With the long-time mural of Baguette founder Earl Turnipseed for a backdrop, a Wildcat Construction crew works on a sewer upgrade in the alley between 24th and 25th Streets in Old Colorado City Jan. 4.
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       According to Nick Manning, foreman for Colorado Springs Utilities contractor Wildcat Construction Co., Utilities asked his company to hold off until after the holidays when business impacts would be less severe.
       The work, which started after the New Year's weekend, involves replacing a sewer main in the alley between 24th and 25th that had originally been installed in 1927, according to Dave Grossman of Utilities.
       Weather permitting, Manning predicted the work would be done in about two weeks, although Grossman said it could last until mid-February.
       It is possible that complications could develop as a result of digging up the old line. Wildcat has worked in Old Colorado City alleys before, and Manning said it's typical to find abandoned water and gas connectors above the old sewer line that are still active because of past practices in which they were capped at the business' property line instead of at the utility source.
       Manning said he expected 24th Street to reopen this week, although the block of 25th south of the avenue will likely stay closed at least two more weeks.
       It is a Utilities policy, under its Sanitary Sewer Evaluation and Rehabilitation Program (SSERP) to insert new sewer lines into old ones, where possible, to avoid digging up streets or alleys. But according to Manning, that was not possible in this case because the original pipe's elevation was not right and thus would have meant a continued pooling problem inside it. The diameter of the new line is 8 inches, the same as the old one. The new line is made of plastic; clay was the material of choice in 1927.

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