Sewer-pipe replacement to bottleneck 31st St. for three more weeks

       A damaged 12-inch sewer pipe is being replaced along 31st Street, between Colorado and West Platte avenues.
       The project, which has narrowed southbound 31st Street traffic to one lane north of the Colorado Avenue intersection, will continue for the next three weeks, according to Steve Berry of Colorado Springs Utilities.
       A temporary line is being used during the project to prevent customers from losing wastewater service, according to workers at the site.
       The project has caused traffic back-ups on the busy street, particularly for drivers on their way to Ute Pass on weekday afternoons. Under normal conditions, southbound 31st Street traffic approaches Colorado Avenue with just one lane until about Bijou Street, where it widens to provide dedicated right-turn and left-turn lanes, in addition to a through lane, at the avenue. With the project, only one lane (where the right lane would be) is now available.
       “Springs Utilities strongly encourages motorists to avoid the affected portion of southbound 31st Street and find alternate routes,” Berry said.
       For more information, call Springs Utilities Customer Service at 448-4800.

Westside Pioneer/press release