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When should the 26th Street bridge close for 3 weeks? Westsiders' suggestions sought

The 26th Street bridge is seen in 2011, in a view from its north bank (with the Highway 24 intersection in the background), as construction was being completed on the Midland Trail underpass.
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The 26th Street bridge over Fountain Creek needs to close for repairs for three weeks, and the city is asking for community input on when the best time for that would be.
       According to Alex Pellegrino, the project manager for City Engineering, the work can take place between Labor Day (Sept. 5) and Halloween (Oct. 31).
       The repairs will feature concrete patching, waterproofing, a new pavement overlay and drainage inlet installation, which should allow it to last 30 more years, Pellegrino explained.
       Twenty-sixth Street is the main access to Old Colorado City from Highway 24. Built in 1964, the bridge sits a short distance north of the highway, with Old Colorado City three blocks north of that.
       For his outreach, Pellegrino contacted the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN), the city-recognized advocacy group for the older Westside.
       OWN President Welling Clark has started trying to get the word out to groups and individuals on OWN's contact lists, including the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) business group. The idea is to help the city determine the time block with the “least impact to the Westside,” Clark's e-mailed communication states.
       The input deadline is Aug. 31. OWN can be contacted at info@westsideneighbors.org.

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 8/16/16; Transportation: Major Streets)

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