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A Colorado Springs Utilities crew works near the south end of the bridge guard rail on the east side of 21st Street as work gets going on the water-main replacement project.
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Water-main replacement starts months-long impacts to 21st Street north of Hwy 24

With work blocking one side of the roadway (in the background), southbound drivers - as directed by a flagger (not shown) - wait for the northbound side of 21st Street to go by around 6 p.m. May 23.
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May 24, 2018; updated May 26
       As motorists are finding, Colorado Springs Utilities has begun its previously announced water-main replacement project on 21st Street between Colorado Avenue and Highway 24.
       Expected to continue until at least mid-June, the project is the start of an overall road upgrade that is scheduled to last into October. In tag-team fashion, when Utilities crews are done, city contractors under the 2C program will commence road improvements, bridge maintenance and sidewalk/trail construction in that part of 21st Street.
       A full street closure of up to two months is anticipated during the 2C effort. That time frame has not yet been established. It will depend on when Utilities actually hands off the street, in conjunction with the city's intent to minimize impacts on summer events, according to Ryan Phipps, the city's project manager.
       For the Utilities work, traffic is regularly being reduced to one lane with flaggers on duty, alternating between southbound and northbound vehicles. UPDATE, May 26: A daytime-only, full closure at the 21st Street bridge is scheduled between June 4 and 15. The closure, set for 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. during that time, is necessary for utility work at the bridge, according to Carrie Guy, a project spokesperson for Colorado Springs Utilities.
       Otherwise, “work hours will typically be 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and may include night and weekend work,” a project handout states.

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