Fillmore to close for 2½ days between Straus and Centennial for water-line project

       So the street can be excavated for a water-line upgrade, Fillmore Street will be closed between Centennial Boulevard and Straus Lane starting Friday, March 11 at 7 p.m. and continuing through that weekend.
       Tentative plans, dependent on the weather, call for the work to go on day and night to allow Fillmore to reopen by Monday morning, March 14, according to Kristin Flannery of Colorado Springs Utilities.
       Water will continue to be available to the area through a temporary bypass, she said.
       On an average day, that segment of Fillmore carries 18,000 vehicles, according to a study last year by the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG).
       “When we shut down major intersections, we really appreciate our customers' patience,” Flannery said. “We'll try to get in and out as quickly as possible.”
       Plans call for westbound Fillmore traffic to be detoured north on Chestnut Street to Vondelpark Drive and then up to Centennial.
       However, retail businesses between Chestnut and Straus will remain open and accessible, she said.
       A detour route for eastbound Fillmore traffic was still being worked out this week, Flannery said.
       Electronic signs directing motorists will be put out a few days beforehand, and during the closure police officers will direct traffic at either end. In addition, Utilities representatives are notifying nearby residents and going door-to-door to meet with Fillmore's business owners and drawing up a barricade plan, she said.
       The actual work will occur on Fillmore near its intersection with Straus Lane to the south and Fillmore Ridge Heights to the north. A “T” needs to be installed in the water main along Fillmore. This will allow, later this year, the installation of a replacement 8-inch line underneath Fillmore Ridge Heights. The current line, a one-way feed to businesses along Fillmore Ridge Heuights (a dead-end street), has been leaking and needs to be replaced, Flannery said.
       Rather than try to install the “T” while keeping the busy street partially open, “it's much easier to close the street and get in and out in 2 ½ days,” she said.
       LaFarge North America, at 1300 W. Fillmore St., a construction-related industry between Centennial and Straus, will be allowed to continue running its trucks in and out during the project, Flannery said.

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