Fillmore: Shell station comes down; south part of new Chestnut will open first

       In the latest milestone for the Fillmore Street project west of I-25, the former Shell station on the south side of Fillmore at Chestnut Street has been torn down, with another contractor set to remove the gas tanks and full demolition scheduled by June 24.

A wide-angle view of the continuing project this week shows the present Chestnut Street (right) and the future Chestnut (left, with new sidewalk, curb and gutter), as it angles northwest to cross Fillmore Street west of its current stoplight by the I-25 interchange. Also at right, a backhoe completes the demolition of the former Shell station at the south corner of Fillmore and Chestnut. A detention pond will be built in its place. The former Conoco station (seen on the north side of the intersection) will be demolished eventually.
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       Meanwhile, the new, westerly layout of Chestnut is taking shape, with concrete being poured for its curb and gutter (but no pavement yet).
       Designed to improve Fillmore traffic flow, the $7 million Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (RTA) project is realigning Chestnut a few hundred feet west of the I-25 interchange. In the future, Chestnut will cross Fillmore at the current T-intersection with Parker Street (Parker itself is being remade into a cul- de-sac).
       Started last fall, the project had initially been scheduled for completion by October, but add-ons since then - a feature of the project contract's flexible “design/build” format - could mean a later finish date, according to Leif Neufeld, site superintendent for RTA project contractor Blue Ridge Construction.

An earlier view than the photo on Page 1 shows the recent Shell station demolition on the south side of Fillmore at Chestnut Street. Here, the store has been torn down, but the pump islands are still awaiting their destruction. Photo looks southeast from Fillmore Street.
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       The main add-ons have been the installation of a 24-inch steel non-potable water line, 1,500 feet in length under the north segment of the new Chestnut as well as Fillmore Street up to Sage Street; and a storm-drain extension of 600 feet up Fillmore to Fillmore Ridge Heights.
       Describing these installs as amounting to “60 to 90 days of extra work,” Neufeld said Blue Ridge is still hopeful for an October completion, if everything falls into place, but it's also possible that the project could extend into December.
       When will the new Chestnut open? The site superintendent estimated that by the end of July traffic could be using the segment south of Fillmore. The northern segment could take two months longer because of the added work on the new Chestnut north of Fillmore. So during that interim, vehicles going north on the new southern Chestnut will come to a T-intersection with a stoplight at Fillmore and have to turn left or right, Neufeld said.
       The demolition of the old Shell station will allow work to begin on a stormwater detention pond at that corner. However, the pond's completion will have to wait until the old Chestnut is closed because part of it needs to be built where the current right of way is, Neufeld said.
       Regarding the former Conoco station on the north side of the current Chestnut and Fillmore, RTA inspector Michael Gillen reported that asbestos removal is taking place, but no demolition date has been set.
       Both station properties were bought by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) in conjunction with future state plans to replace the Fillmore/I-25 interchange. However, there is less urgency to clear the Conoco site because - unlike the Shell station/detention pond - its property is not essential for the RTA project, a CDOT engineer has previously explained.

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