Replacement of water valve, fire hydrant provides 'entertainment' for OCC shoppersJuly 18, 2018
A Colorado Springs Utilities project brought an unexpected diversion for Old Colorado City visitors this week.
Starting Sunday night and expected to wrap up before the weekend, crews with Colorado Springs Utilities dug down to replace a broken water valve and an aging fire hydrant at the
The valve dated back to 1964, an equipment operator on the project said.
“It's provided entertainment for all of us,” said Mazie Baalman, owner of the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory at the southeast corner, when asked how the project might have impacted her business. “I'm glad they got it replaced so quickly.”
Utilities typically avoids major digs in the historic shopping district during the summer season, but in this case Berry said the problems were discovered during a scheduled, two-months-plus water-main replacement on 21st Street between Colorado Avenue and Highway 24.
That work was completed in early July, but 21st is closed again as City Engineering starts on a scheduled follow-up project (funded with the city's 2C road tax) to rebuild the street, repair the bridge and add a paved pedestrian path.
Baalman complimented Utilities for the way it's handled the project in front of her store, which includes outdoor seating around the sidewalk.
“They let us know ahead of time,” she said. “They left the sidewalk open. They were real accommodating. That's all people want. It could have been a lot worse.”
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