Work starts on retaining walls in Manitou Blvd. project

       The Manitou Boulevard sidewalk project only has 400 feet to go, but that's the part that needs a retaining wall and other stabilization work just west of Chestnut Street.

Heavy equipment was needed this week to make room for what will eventually be a sidewalk in front of a retaining wall on the east/north side of Manitou Boulevard. There had been no sidewalk there previously. The sign for Chestnut Street is in background at right.
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       Filling in missing sidewalk and adding pedestrian ramps between Chestnut and Monument streets, the $145,000 project started last October. Alco Construction is the contractor under the city-administered, federally funded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for the older Westside's Neighborhood Strategy Area.
       According to the city's Housing Development office, which administers the CDBG program, work to date has consisted of 2,300 linear feet on the west/south side of the street and 500 linear feet on the east/north side.
       The final 400-foot portion near Chestnut cuts into a steep bank below several houses along the east/north side of Manitou Boulevard.
       A “significant amount of retaining wall” needs to be built there, according to Mike Chavez, a city engineer overseeing the project.
       He estimated completion of the work would occur in 45 to 60 days.

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