Sewer line being relocated from Douglas Creek
A phased project in Holland Park is relocating and replacing a sanitary sewer line that previously crossed Douglas Creek.
The project is part of Colorado Springs Utilities' ongoing Sanitary Sewer Creek Crossing (SSCC) program to move sewer pipelines that were originally installed in or near creeks, according to Kristin Flannery, Utilities issues manager. The SSCC is in the sixth year of a seven-year, $40.6 million capital project that evaluated city sewer lines and targeted a total of 369 for upgrades.
The main reason for relocating such pipes is to minimize the chances of line breaks that could cause serious water pollution problems, Utilities officials have previously said.
The Holland Park work, which has blocked traffic at times on Vondelpark Drive, started last week with the replacement of about 500 feet of sewer line under Vondelpark. Crews this week were digging an 1,800-foot trench for the new line through the Douglas Creek Open Space (behind Springs City Church).
The project's final phase will include bypass pumping and replacement of 300 feet of sewer line in Holland Park Boulevard near Holli Springs Lane. Holland Park Boulevard will remain open, Flannery said.
The entire project is expected to be complete by the end of April.
Centennial water work
Elsewhere in Holland Park, a separate Utilities project was replacing a worn-out Centennial Boulevard water main between Valkenburg Drive and Rialto Heights. That project, which was causing Centennial traffic to narrow to one lane each way, is scheduled to end in late April.
21st Street paving
The paving last week of 21st Street between Busch Avenue and Lower Gold Camp Road marked the final part of a Colorado Springs Utilities project that replaced two water mains under the road.
The paving was funded by Colorado Springs Utilities through a service level agreement with the Colorado Springs Street Department, according to Flannery.
The water-line work had wrapped up in late December, after which temporary paving was laid over the road cuts.
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