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WAAP lane reductions through June on Colorado/Manitou Avenue west of Ridge

A component for an underground storm drain system is delivered March 27 as part of the Westside Avenue Action Plan (WAAP) project on Manitou Avenue at the intersection with Crystal Hills Boulevard in Manitou Springs. At the time, the flagger was limiting traffic to just one lane (alternating directions at intervals). The photo looks west.
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Colorado/Manitou Avenue traffic will be reduced to one lane each way between Ridge Road and the Highway 24 overpass until about the end of June, according to a press release for the $30.9 million Westside Avenue Action Plan (WAAP) project.
       In addition, through mid-April, WAAP work will limit traffic between the Loaf 'N Jug and Crystal Hills Boulevard to just one lane with a flagger during daytime work hours.
       The lane reductions are necessary “while construction crews install new storm and water mains,” the release states. In addition, “these temporary closures will impact the ability to make mid-block left turns into businesses across the closed portions. Left turns can still be made at the intersections.”
       Funded mainly through the tax-supported Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority, WAAP covers a 1.5-mile stretch of the avenue, from west of 31st Street to Manitou's Highway 24 interchange.
       Work started in December. The multi-government project is expected to continue through the end of 2018, including a new avenue bridge over Fountain Creek at Columbia Road, underground utilities, a Midland Trail link, sidewalks, lighting and the reworking of the avenue intersections at Columbia and Ridge Road.
       Another result of the project will be a traffic realignment permanently making that part of the avenue into one lane each way (with bike lanes and a center lane).
       Project information is available at WestsideAvenuePlan.com.

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(Posted 3/27/17; Projects: Westside Avenue Action Plan)

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