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Money exists to start Camp Creek rebuild in PV; study to look at where

       Colorado Springs is moving closer to reconstruction of the Camp Creek channel through the Pleasant Valley neighborhood.

An artist's rendering shows the conceptual plan for a rebuilt Pleasant Valley ditch with vegetated sides instead of concrete, as well as a hiking/biking trail paralleling it.
Courtesy of Colorado Springs Engineering

       A $21,000 “conceptual design” study by consulting engineer Wilson & Company in August and September will offer alternatives on where to spend $4.3 million earmarked for the Pleasant Valley segment's first phase, according to Brian Kelley of City Engineering.
       Often called the “ditch” by Pleasant Valley residents, the 1950s-engineered channel follows 31st Street downstream from Chambers Drive to Bijou Street, where the water flows into a long underground pipe en route to Fountain Creek.
       A major public process/study in 2013-14 produced the main components of a ditch-upgrade plan.
       A city consultant in that effort, Wilson will “utilize and build on the previous work to define the scope of a logical project that can be constructed within the constraints of the $4.3M project budget and physical site conditions,” Kelley explained in an e-mail. “Determining a phasing scheme that minimizes waste when future phases are constructed will be a significant portion of the effort.”
       The $21,000 is being taken from $700,000 that the city separately budgeted for detailed project design. Kelley added that a public meeting “will most likely occur” as to the study's recommendations. Construction is anticipated in a 2018-2019 time frame.
       Camp Creek is among 71 flood-control projects identified in an intergovernmental agreement signed last year by Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Utilities and Pueblo County.
       As such the project would also be eligible for funding through the city's new Stormwater Enterprise, should voters approve it in the election Nov. 7. (See article starting on Page 15.)
       Long identified as a need, Camp Creek had also ranked highly on the list of the original Stormwater Enterprise (2007-09).
       The Pleasant Valley upgrades called for in the 2013-2014 Camp Creek study include bridge replacements, flood-plain reduction measures, improved emergency access and a naturalized waterway with rock walls and landscaping replacing the current concrete slabs.
       That study also identified Camp Creek needs north of Pleasant Valley, through the Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site and Garden of the Gods.
       Work in those areas started in 2016 with dredging and stabilization using large boulders. Later this year, construction is planned to start on a 17-acre detention pond at the Garden's north end that will hold back up to 175 acre feet of water in a flood.
       Upgrading the entire city-targeted Camp Creek drainage area (Pleasant Valley, Rock Ledge and the Garden) has an estimated price tag of $37 million.

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