Natural style recommended for Pleasant Valley ditch's futureThe plan the public liked best for Camp Creek drainage improvements is the one that's being recommended by the city's engineers. It calls for transforming the current concrete-lined ditch down the middle of 31st Street into a more natural- looking channel with a concrete trail on the side.
A public meeting to explain the city's thinking is scheduled Tuesday, April 29. The time frame will be 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (open house) and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. (presentation and discussion), a press release states. The location will be the Coronado High School Cafeteria, 1590 W. Fillmore St.
Another way the city proposal is in line with citizen input (as expressed at the last public meeting Feb. 25) is that it does not call for a major detention pond at Gateway Road next to Rock Ledge Ranch. This had been a frowned-on option then; now the city is saying that upstream detention would only occur at the far north end of the Garden of the Gods, where Camp Creek flows out of the Navigators property, explained Tim Mitros, city stormwater manager
That would slow flood waters considerably, he summarized; however, a somewhat larger and higher bridge over Camp Creek would still be needed at Gateway because the current culvert there is not large enough to handle the 100- year flood.
Other flood control would be built into the Pleasant Valley ditch downstream. It would have to be widened to handle the 100-year flood, according to the description of the alternative Feb. 25. A side effect would be the street moving several feet closer to the homes on either side, forcing city decisions on how to save trees or on-street parking. Mitros said a benefit of a narrowed street would be slowing the cars through Pleasant Valley -- cut-through traffic being a longstanding frustration for that subdivision's residents.
The recommended concept was one of three alternatives shared with attendees Feb. 25. The other suggestions were either for a concrete ditch similar to what's there now or for an underground culvert with landscaping on top. The city's recommended alternative scored noticeably higher than these two in the citizen ratings at the Feb. 25 meeting.
The overall project has been estimated at $37 million. It actually had the highest price tag of the three alternatives (the lowest being the one that would have kept a similar appearance - $31 million). The city has no earmarked funds, but is seeking grants and may do the work in phases, engineers have said.
Westside Pioneer/press release