Chestnut realignment work starts; stoplight at Parker & Fillmore next

       There's no question now that work has started on the Fillmore/Chestnut project.

Vehicles follow a short curve that detours around a work area on the existing Chestnut Street south of Fillmore as construction activities become more visible on the PPRTA’s Chestnut/ Fillmore project west of I-25.
Westside Pioneer photo

       After about two weeks of mostly prep work, crews with heavy equipment this week were grading the south leg of the new Chestnut Street alignment that will replace the current Fillmore/Parker intersection, and getting going on the new Chestnut extension north of Fillmore, including sanitary sewer installation.
       According to Sharilyn Smith, spokesperson for project contractor Blue Ridge Construction, even more imminent is the installation of permanent traffic signals at that intersection.
       The lights “should be up and running by the end of the week as long as conduit can get installed without any problems,” Smith said. “There may be night work this week to accommodate this installation.”
       Having the signals in now - well before the new alignment is finished - “will help with the traffic flow and it allows our electrical sub-contractor to get their work in early,” she said. “The signals on the north side will either be bagged or left off until Chestnut Street is built.”
       Also, Parker is now closed to through traffic.
       On the south side of Fillmore, a stretch of temporary roadway was being paved this week for Chestnut traffic to use while the new alignment is being built. “Once the temporary asphalt roadway is installed, traffic will be shifted to the east of the existing roadway and speed limits will be decreased in this area for safety reasons,” Smith said. “Traffic lanes will remain open at all times, but we are asking that the traveling public be cautious while driving through this area. This new lane shift will be in place until the new leg of Chestnut is opened sometime next year.”
       The project is being funded by the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Au-thority. Completion is expected by next October.

Westside Pioneer/press release