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Fillmore water-line project Aug. 1-Oct. 1 between Centennial and Straus

      
A few days before the Aug. 1-Oct. 1 water-line replacement project starts, daytime traffic between Centennial Boulevard and Straus Lane is already reduced to one lane eastbound. It is to stay that way throughout the project, with other closures/delays likely overnight, when the work is taking place. The photo looks east, down the hill.
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For the third time in five years, Fillmore Street between Centennial Boulevard and Straus Lane will be dug up for Colorado Springs Utilities water-line upgrades.
       Mostly occurring overnight, the work is scheduled between Aug. 1 and Oct. 1, according to a press release from Patrice Lehermeier of Utilities.
       “Work will typically take place Monday through Friday from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., with a few weekends,” the release states. “Motorists should expect temporary lane closures and delays. Alternate routes are suggested. All business access will remain available during construction.”
       In a follow-up e-mail, Lehermeier clarified that "during the day, one eastbound lane from Centennial to Fillmore Ridge Heights will be closed. The other closures and lane shifts will only be active during
During a March 2011 Colorado Springs Utilities water-line project that closed Fillmore Street for a weekend, a trench box - used for work safety - is lowered into a ditch dug into Fillmore, just west of Straus Lane. A water-line replacement project between Straus and Centennial Boulevard is planned from Aug. 1 to Oct. 1.
Westside Pioneer file photo
construction in the evenings and on the weekends."
       The project will replace a 45-year-old iron pipe with one made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE). In previous interviews, Utilities officials have said that HDPE is a newer product that lasts longer than iron. It's been used previously under Fillmore, as well as South 21st Street.
       The line replacement “is part of Colorado Springs Utilities' water main rehabilitation program, which proactively addresses aging infrastructure by identifying and then replacing older water mains,” the release continues. “The organization will spend approximately $13 million this year in upgrades in an effort to reduce emergency repairs and limit impacts to customers.”
       Asked whether a full paving overlay would follow the work, Lehermeier reported that it will cover “only the area that we trench, not the entire street.”
       Such patch-paving also followed the Utilities water-line projects in the Centennial-to-Straus segment of Fillmore in March 2011 and September 2013.
       The 2011 project, which shut Fillmore in both directions for a weekend, replaced a “T” connection near Straus for a line feeding businesses on Fillmore Ridge Heights. The 2013 project, lasting several weeks and extending west of Centennial and east of Straus, installed a 24-inch raw water line under Fillmore.
       Asked if Utilities planned any more Fillmore water-line projects in the “foreseeable future,” Lehermeier replied that “Fillmore has been an ongoing challenge. The hope by going in proactively and replacing the rest of the line is that we do not have to make emergency repairs in the foreseeable future. There are no absolutes when it comes to this type of work (i.e. pipe failure), but we're hopeful that by going in now that we can mitigate future customer impacts and inconveniences.”
       The work is starting as the 1½-year project to replace the Fillmore/I-25 interchange is coming to an end.

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 7/27/16; Projects: Utilities)

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