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Water-main replacement work along 1½ miles of 26th Street through May

       26th Street is scheduled to be paved from Colorado Avenue to Lower Gold Camp Road later this year, but it's not coming easy for motorists.
       In May 2016, concrete upgrades on parts of 26th required flaggers for a few weeks, and just this February, the block south
A crew with Trax Construction, a city contractor, pours new gutter in front of a residential driveway in May 2016, as part of the concrete work required in preparation for the eventual paving of 26th Street under the 2C program later this year. The last step before the paving is Colorado Springs Utilities replacing water lines under the street through May or later.
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of the avenue was closed two weeks for a Colorado Springs Utilities water-line replacement.
       From March 7/8 through May or “possibly longer,” a contractor will be digging in various places along 26th between Colorado and Lower Gold Camp - about 1½ miles of road - to replace “several segments of water main,” according to Utilities spokesperson Steve Berry.
       The 2C paving will occur after the water-line work is done, said Dave Scalfri, the City Public Works operations manager for contracted programs. The intent, as expressed by both Berry and Scalfri, is to avoid situations where Utilities goes back into a street where the city has just put down final paving.
       “Everything we do, we try to coordinate with other departments,” Scalfri said.
       One thing residents might wonder about is Utilities tearing up pavement that was laid down between Highway 24 and Cucharras last fall (as part of an upgrade of the 26th Street bridge over Fountain Creek). However, Scalfri pointed out that this paving was not a 2C project - just a maintenance job which “skimmed off a shallow piece [of the road surface] and put back a shallow piece to buy time.”
       The 2C work this summer would have replaced the "skim" in any case, Scalfri noted; the final job will involve milling and paving, topped with two inches of “compacted grade.”
       According to Berry, the expected traffic impacts over the coming three months include:
       · 26th Street closed to “most southbound traffic” at Colorado Avenue.
       · No access to Highway 24 from southbound 26th Street.
       · 26th Street south of the highway limited to alternating single lanes north and south, guided by flaggers, with occasional detours.
       · Modes Street closed at 26th.
       · The alley between Ehrich Street and Howbert Street closed at 26th Street.
       Beers & Brock, which also did the Colorado-to-Cucharras segment of 26th in February and the stream stabilization on Camp Creek north of Pleasant Valley last summer, is the contractor.
       Approved by city voters in 2015, the 2C road-repair program is funded by a .62- percent sales tax that is paying for paving overlays and concrete work (as needed) on 300-some street segments around the city from 2016 to 2020.

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(Posted 3/7/17; Projects: Utilities)

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