Douglas Creek channel scrutinized

       In the Aug. 16 Westside Pioneer, it was pointed out that the South Douglas Creek drainage channel was not part of the Colorado Springs Stormwater Enterprise $300 million repair backlog, despite several places where its concrete lining has broken, has lifted out, or has mature trees growing through it
       That backlog situation may be changing, based on the most recent Stormwater Enterprise Update, presented to City Council Nov. 13. The document states that Douglas Creek is one of “three key areas where our stormwater infrastructure suffered damage from 2007 storms.” The update continues that Enterprise staff is “securing the contractual services of an engineering consultant to assist in evaluating the condition of the existing trapezoidal channel from Centennial Boulevard to Arrowswest Drive… just less than one mile. One drop structure in the channel has failed and is in need of replacement. Portions of the remaining channel may also be subject to failure and in need of repair or replacement.”
       Cost estimates “will be developed and then analyzed for addition to the current CIP [Capital Improvement Program] workload,” the update continues. “Pending the outcome of this analysis, it may be necessary to temporarily reprogram currently allocated funding to this project to protect the existing stormwater infrastructure.”

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