Holland Park project will close Douglas Creek Trail

       The trail through the Douglas Creek Open Space will be closed for about four weeks for a Colorado Springs Utilities sewer-line relocation project. Preliminary work began last week, according to Utilities project manager Dennis Auge.
       In addition, during the project, Holland Park Boulevard will be reduced to one lane - and occasionally closed completely - at its intersection with the trail, he said. He advised motorists to use alternative routes, if possible.
       The 24-inch sewer pipe is in good shape, but crosses the creek in three places between Holland Park Boulevard and Chestnut Street. To reduce the chance of line breaks, the project will eliminate two of those three crossings, Auge said.
       The trail parallels the north side of the creek. The creek itself will not be affected by the project, Auge said, elaborating that Utilities will just abandon the two pipe segments going under the creek that are no longer needed.
       Utilities will leave the trail in a walkable condition, with a temporary road-base surface, he said.
       At an unscheduled date afterward, Colorado Springs Parks crews plan to come in and apply a pavement overlay to the trail surface from Chestnut Street west to about Centennial Boulevard. Jeff Haley, the trails coordinator for City Parks, said he hopes to have more information on that schedule within a couple of weeks.

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