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Open house Jan. 26 for major Centennial Blvd. paving project starting this year

       A “community open house” Jan. 26 will present city plans for a rebuilding - over parts of this year and next - the roughly 1½-mile segment of Centennial Boulevard between Garden of the Gods Road and Fillmore Street.
       The session will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Jackson Elementary School gymnasium, 4340 Edwinstowe Ave.
       Budgeted at just over $8 million, the Centennial work is being funded by the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (RTA) sales tax. It was one of the RTA's A- list projects approved by voters in the 2012 election.
       According to an interview with Ryan Phipps, the project manager with City Transportation, the work will be coordinated with the simultaneous, separate
This pavement-patch job on Centennial Boulevard in May 2009 was one of many over the years as the segment between Garden of the Gods Road and Fillmore Street awaited a full reconstruction.
Westside Pioneer file photo
Chestnut bridge replacement, in an effort to mitigate traffic snarls that are already an issue in the nearby Holland Park neighborhood.
       As part of this, he said the Centennial improvements in 2016 will be limited to the 2,200-foot segment between Douglas Creek (just north of Chesham Circle) and Garden of the Gods Road. “We have to be really conscious of what we do in the neighborhood,” he said, referring to the Chestnut bridge work as well as the ongoing Fillmore/I-25 interchange project and, two years before that, the Chestnut realignment at Fillmore. “There's been a lot of work there.”
       The remainder of the Centennial rebuild is likely to take place in the spring of 2017, Phipps said.
       The reconstruction will require digging up the old pavement and base down to the subgrade. The Douglas Creek-to-Garden of the Gods section has not had such attention since the early 1980s and has the “worst pavement” in the entire project area, Phipps said.
       The plan is to keep at least one lane of traffic open each way throughout the work, Phipps said, at least until Chestnut Street is reopened (anticipated in October). Chestnut has been closed between Vondelpark Drive and Ellston Street since a stormwater pipe failure last August.
       No changes to Centennial's four-lane street layout and access points are contemplated. However, public feedback is being sought on one issue: whether to continue landscaping the narrower median segments (four to six feet wide) alongside turn lanes. Phipps said he is open to that possibility, but has concerns about the safety of maintenance workers in such narrow strips and sees a value in “hardscaping” (cementing) those parts of the medians.
       The longer median portions, which are about 10 feet wide and include trees, would continue to be landscaped, he noted.
       Overall, at the open house, “project representatives will be available to explain details of the project and answer questions about the repair plans,” a press release states. “Attendees are encouraged to provide feedback. There will be no formal presentation and the community is invited to drop by any time during the open house.”
       Phipps said the city plans to advertise the work to contractors in March. He said he is “optimistic” that this will mean work starting as early as June.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 1/20/16; Transportation: (Major Roads)

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