Hole in bridge over Douglas Creek closes Chestnut Street both ways
An even bigger pavement hole, which appeared suddenly in the northbound traffic lane of Chestnut Street Aug. 10, apparently will take a good deal longer to fix, according to Cole Platt of the City Street Division.
In the meantime, Chestnut is closed in both directions between Ellston Street and Vondelpark Drive. The street is even closed to pedestrians because of stability concerns. And Platt and David Scalfri, also of City Streets, took care to keep at least 15 feet away
One big difference from last spring's sinkhole is that this one is on a bridge. As a result, the actual depth is at least 30 feet - the distance between the road surface and the Douglas Creek drainageway below, Platt explained.
The hole takes up the entire northbound traffic lane. Space is also evident under the guard rail and the sidewalk next to that lane, on the east side of the bridge.
Chestnut is a busy frontage road west of I-25 connecting Fillmore Street and Garden of the Gods Road. West of Chestnut, there is no other such street until Centennial, well over a half-mile to the west.
As of Aug. 11, the city had not begun repairs. Engineers with the city and Colorado Springs Utilities are still determining what actually caused the hole. Possibilities include the heavy rains this year - including the afternoon of Aug. 10 - and an aging stormwater pipe in the drainage, Platt explained.
No accidents or injuries resulted from the hole's appearance. Platt said that an off-duty Springs Utilities worker noticed Aug. 10 that it seemed to be sagging as another vehicle drove over it. As a precaution, he got traffic cones from a local landscaping business to temporarily block it off, and shortly thereafter, the above-described part of the street gave way.
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