Contractor to close Fillmore Sept. 19-23 from I-25 to Sage for RTA project work

       Wanting to get back on schedule and preferring to work across the entire roadway at one time, Blue Ridge Construction has decided to block off Fillmore Street in both directions from Thursday night, Sept. 19 to Monday morning, Sept 23.

Eastbound vehicles move downhill on Fillmore Street past the stoplight at the "new" Chestnut Street intersection this week. A major part of the work when Fillmore Street is closed in this area Sept. 19-23 will be to raise the pavement level to that of the sidewalk, curb and gutter, the heights of which can be seen on both sides of the street. The plan is to level the intersection. The pavement rise will need to be as much as four feet.
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       The closure will be between the Fillmore/I-25 interchange and Sage Street. Southbound Chestnut traffic will only be able to turn left on Fillmore or access the southbound I-25 on-ramp. Northbound Chestnut motorists will be directed to change course before reaching Fillmore, although businesses and residences in that area will remain accessible from Chestnut and Sage streets, explained Blue Ridge site superintendent Leif Neufeld.
       Interstate drivers will be advised to take a detour using Garden of the Gods Road and Centennial Boulevard, he said.
       Part of a $7 million Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (RTA) project that started last October, the work will raise the Fillmore pavement as much as four feet at its intersection with the “new” Chestnut Street to make the crossing more level.
       A storm drain will also be installed across Fillmore. “The traveling public is advised to avoid the area,” reads a press release from Blue Ridge, the project contractor.
       The decision to close Fillmore over several days resulted from a recent survey effort of residents and business owners and people who use the road. “We had an overwhelming response to close it and just get it done rather than delaying things and adding four to five weeks [to the project],” the Blue Ridge release adds. “This will be a very successful weekend, so we thank all that participated in responding. The city was very welcoming with our proposal and that had a lot to do with the feedback we received.”
       The project fell two to three months behind schedule last spring, Neufeld has previously estimated, because of additional underground work directed by Colorado Springs Utilities. “That's the nice thing about it [the upcoming street closure], because when you add up the extra work from CSU, it inevitably delays finishing the project. You can't please everyone, but most people agree that a few painful days are worth it.”
       The scheduled closure times are 8 p.m. Sept. 19 until 6 a.m. Sept. 23. Neufeld said he doubted if the lane striping would be done by then, but at least the asphalt will be in place.
       The overall project goal is to improve Fillmore traffic flow. So far, the project has included rerouting Chestnut to the former Parker Street intersection with Fillmore, installing a stoplight there, preparing the north side of Fillmore for the “new” Chestnut on that side and beginning work on a stormwater detention pond just west of I-25 where a former gas station had been.

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