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Water-line project Feb. 21-March 3 closes block of 26th just south of OCC

      
Despite a freak two-hour snowstorm the morning of Feb. 23, a Colorado Springs Utilities crew continued work on the 26th Street water-line replacement project in the block south of Colorado Avenue. The photo was taken from the north side of the avenue.
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A water-main replacement project will close one of the main access points from Highway 24 into Old Colorado City during the daytime from Feb. 21 to March 3.
       The work will be on 26th Street from Cucharras Street up to Colorado Avenue (which will remain open). In addition, there will be two planned water outages in that area - Feb. 25 and 27, according to Colorado Springs Utilities spokesperson Steve Berry. "The affected portion of 26th street will be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily," he said.
       “We have contacted impacted business customers in the area to share the details of the project,” he elaborated. “Detours and lane restrictions will be in place. Motorists should definitely plan alternate routes.”
       In cooperation with the city's Public Works Department, Utilities scheduled the work - which requires digging below the road surface - knowing that 26th Street is to be paved this summer between Colorado and Lower Gold Camp Road as part of the city's 2C road-tax program.
       Another project that has been scheduled ahead of that paving is a water-line replacement under 26th between Vermijo Avenue and Lower Gold Camp Road. The tentative time frame is mid-April to the end of May, Berry said.
       The paving work got a head start last September/October, with improvements to 26th Street's half-century-old bridge over Fountain Creek. After that project, 26th Street was paved between the highway and Cucharras.

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(Posted 2/18/17, photo update 2/23/17; Transportation: Major Roads)

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