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26th Street bridge over Fountain Creek to close for repairs Sept. 19-Oct. 7

      
26th Street's traffic bridge over Fountain Creek is seen in August, looking north.
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City Engineering has selected a three-week time frame to close the 26th Street bridge over Fountain Creek for repairs.
       The closure will take effect Monday, Sept 19 (starting at 5 a.m.), with work expected to be complete by Friday, Oct. 7.
       The schedule announcement follows an outreach in August by Alex Pellegrino, the city's project manager, to Westside business and neighborhood representatives, seeking to find out the least impactful three weeks for a closure during September and/or October.
       The project is maintenance-related for the 52-year-old, two-lane span. According to Pellegrino, the work will include concrete patching, waterproofing, a new pavement overlay and drainage inlet installation.
       The contractor is TLM Constructors, one of the city's on-call bridge maintenance contractors. The total project cost is about $150,000, paid out of Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority bridge maintenance funds, Pellegrino said.
       The bridge is the main Highway 24 access to Old Colorado City, which is about three blocks to the north.
       Mountain Metropolitan Transit (MMT) Route 16 normally crosses the 26th Street bridge. According to Vicki McCann of MMT, it will detour during the closure via 31st Street. There will be a temporary outbound stop on 30th Street in front of the church at Pikes Peak Avenue, she said.
       The only major Old Colorado City event between Sept. 19 and Oct. 7 is the annual Coronado High School Homecoming Parade Saturday, Sept. 24 at 10 a.m., which typically attracts 500 or more participants and spectators.
       Another well-attended Old Colorado City event, occurring Saturdays (except Sept. 24) through the end of October is the Pikes Peak Farmers Market in Bancroft Park from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
       The nearest alternate routes to Old Colorado City from the highway and locations south of it are 21st and 31st streets.

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 9/12/16, updated 9/13/16; Transportation: Major Roads)

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