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A city rendering shows the layout of the first phase (northern section) of the Centennial Boulevard reconstruction project, beteween Garden of the Gods Road and Chesham Circle. Included are the names of the businesses in that area. All are to remain accessible during the reconstruction project, according to City Engineering.
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Centennial reconstruction, from GoG Road to Chesham Circle, to start Sept. 6

       The first phase of the Centennial Boulevard reconstruction project is about to start between Garden of the Gods Road and Chesham Circle.
       Plans call for overnight work Sept. 6 to move traffic to the east side of the road (into the northbound lanes), where traffic will be reduced to one lane each way, east of the median.
       This will leave the west side (southbound lanes) clear for crews with the contractor, Kiewit Infrastructure Co. When that side is done, the two-lane traffic will be
It was probably fortunate that this mishap in mid-August - a surprise water-line break in the middle of Centennial Boulevard, just south of the Albertson's shopping center - happened before the reconstruction project that's due to start on that road segment in early September.
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switched over to the completed section so the northbound lanes can be worked on, a city press release states
       “Motorists should expect delays,” the release notes. “Access to all businesses will be provided.”
       The press release also states that “signs will detour cyclists to the sidewalk along the east side of the road in a shared space with pedestrians. Sinton Trail underneath Centennial Boulevard will remain open through most of the work. However, trail access between the west side of the road and the trail will be temporarily closed.
       “Mountain Metro Transit Route 2 will continue to operate along the corridor. Service at some southbound stops may be temporarily discontinued during construction and redirected to adjacent stops.”
       The overall project, between Garden of the Gods Road and Fillmore Street, is informally broken out into three phases. Plans call for Phase 2 (Chesham to Windmill Avenue - the middle section) and Phase 3 (Windmill to Fillmore - the southern section), to be fixed in 2017.
       The Phase 1 (northern section) work will continue into the fall, with the project “anticipated to be substantially complete this fall, before a winter shut-down,” the release estimates.
       If the segment is not finished at that time,“temporary asphalt will be put down so that four lanes of traffic will remain available through the winter," according to Phipps, who is the city's project manager for City Engineering.
       “It will be a pain while it's being worked on,” he said. “But we're asking the public to be patient. It will be great when it's done.”
       Earlier in the summer, there had been hopes of breaking ground in July, but certain utility issues, including a high-pressure gas line and an electrical transmission line in the roadway, required added time for scrutiny and coordination with Colorado Springs Utilities, Phipps has explained.
       The last major work on the GoG-to-Chesham segment occurred more than 25 years ago, the press release states. The project will replace the subsurface as well as the old pavement, fixing drainage problems in the process, Phipps has said. The contractor will also upgrade pedestrian ramps, create buffered bike lanes and make the sidewalk continuous on both sides of the road.
       Cost has been an issue. When voters renewed the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (RTA) sales tax in 2012, the Centennial reconstruction was one of the RTA's A-list projects, priced at just over $8 million for its full length. But the overall cost now is pegged at about $12 million. Phipps explained that the actual reconstruction is costing $9 million (with most of that going to the older Phase 1 section), while the other $3 million is being spent equally between “professional services” (aiding the city with design and technical issues) and a pre-project last spring to in-line a leaky storm sewer under the southbound lanes.

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(Posted 8/30/16; Transportation: Major Roads)

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