Holland Park noise-wall panels being installed

       Installation of noise walls began this week west of I-25 in front of the Holland Park neighborhood.
       The project is part of the COSMIX project to widen and upgrade I-25 through the heart of Colorado Springs.
       According to Bill Badger of Rockrimmon Constructors (the project contractor), the panels should be up by end of next week. No impact on interstate traffic is anticipated.
       Following a long, dirt alley behind houses along Chestnut Street, the wall will be 2,820 feet long and 16 feet high, according to specifications in the Environmental Assessment (EA) that was done for the project last year by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).
       Shielded by the barrier will be 70 homes and businesses between Ellston Street and just north of Hoorne Avenue, the EA states.
       The work involves a large crane lifting prefabricated concrete panels into grooves on the concrete columns that were installed there in recent weeks.
       The panels, which will block much of the mountain view for I-25 motorists, have simple, mountain-oriented designs on them, similar to the noise-wall panels erected several years ago north of Uintah Street. Badger said the new panels' current gray color will later be stained to a “creamy tan” color.

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