Sewer line being relocated from Douglas Creek

       A phased project in Holland Park is relocating and replacing a sanitary sewer line that previously crossed Douglas Creek.

Heavy equipment digs a trench this week tor a new sewer pipe through the Douglas Creek Open Space off Vondelpark Drive. Because the previous line had crossed Douglas Creek, it was targeted for a relocation under Colorado Springs Utilities' Sanitary Sewer Creek Crossing program.
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       The project is part of Colorado Springs Utilities' ongoing Sanitary Sewer Creek Crossing (SSCC) program to move sewer pipelines that were originally installed in or near creeks, according to Kristin Flannery, Utilities issues manager. The SSCC is in the sixth year of a seven-year, $40.6 million capital project that evaluated city sewer lines and targeted a total of 369 for upgrades.
       The main reason for relocating such pipes is to minimize the chances of line breaks that could cause serious water pollution problems, Utilities officials have previously said.
       The Holland Park work, which has blocked traffic at times on Vondelpark Drive, started last week with the replacement of about 500 feet of sewer line under Vondelpark. Crews this week were digging an 1,800-foot trench for the new line through the Douglas Creek Open Space (behind Springs City Church).
       The project's final phase will include bypass pumping and replacement of 300 feet of sewer line in Holland Park Boulevard near Holli Springs Lane. Holland Park Boulevard will remain open, Flannery said.
       The entire project is expected to be complete by the end of April.

A new water-line cross is suspended in the air before being installed under Centennial Boulevard in a separate Utilities project near Windmill Avenue this week.
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       Centennial water work
       Elsewhere in Holland Park, a separate Utilities project was replacing a worn-out Centennial Boulevard water main between Valkenburg Drive and Rialto Heights. That project, which was causing Centennial traffic to narrow to one lane each way, is scheduled to end in late April.

Cars are guided up the hill during the repaving of 21st Street between Busch Avenue and Lower Gold Camp Road in mid-March. The work followed up a Utilities water-main project under 21st that ended in December.
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       21st Street paving
       The paving last week of 21st Street between Busch Avenue and Lower Gold Camp Road marked the final part of a Colorado Springs Utilities project that replaced two water mains under the road.
       The paving was funded by Colorado Springs Utilities through a service level agreement with the Colorado Springs Street Department, according to Flannery.
       The water-line work had wrapped up in late December, after which temporary paving was laid over the road cuts.

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