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Meeting/open house June 30 as Centennial reconstruction close to starting

      
In a $1.5 million, multi-week task this spring, preliminary to the reconstruction project, a contractor relined a 5-foot-wide, corrugated metal storm pipe under the southbound side of Centennial Boulevard between Garden of the Gods Road and South Douglas Creek.
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With work planned to start in mid-July, a public meeting/open house on the Centennial Boulevard reconstruction/paving project has been set for Thursday, June 30.
       The location will be Jackson Elementary, 4340 Edwinstowe Ave., from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
       It will also give residents a chance to meet the project contractor, who will have been hired sometime before the meeting, according to Ryan Phipps, the project manager for Colorado Springs Engineering.
       The overall project, budgeted at just over $8 million, will rebuild the aging, four-lane Centennial between Garden of the Gods Road and Fillmore Street.
       An issue that has been left open is whether Centennial's 10-foot-plus-wide medians, which divide the two directions of traffic between High Tech Way and the hill south of Windmill Drive, should be removed.
       Phipps has recommended the removal for safety reasons, reducing the need for U- turns and making room for a center lane. But he's ready to change his mind if hears a widespread appeal to keep the medians, he has told the Westside Pioneer.
       The city has divided the reconstruction into three phases. This year will be Phase 1, taking in the segment from Garden of the Gods Road to Chesham Circle (just south of Douglas Creek). Phases 2 and 3 are anticipated in 2017.
       In places, the work will require digging up the old pavement and base down to the subgrade. The creek-to-GoG Road section has not had such attention since the early 1980s and has the “worst pavement” in the entire project area, Phipps has said.
       The project is being funded by the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (RTA) sales tax. It was one of the RTA's A-list projects approved by voters in the 2012 election.

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 6/22/16; Transportation: Major Roads)

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