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Public can have coffee with Westside Avenue project contractor Aug. 31

Crews with Wildcat Construction, the contractor for the Westside Avenue Action Plan project, are continuing utility work and storm sewer installations along Colorado Avenue. This photo was taken just west of the current bridge over Fountain Creek at Columbia Road.
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       Anyone curious about the roadwork currently happening on Colorado Avenue west of Ridge Road is invited to an informal “Coffee with the Contractor” gathering Thursday, Aug. 31 from 10 to 11 a.m.
       The location will be Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave.
       A representative of the contractor, Wildcat Construction, will be on hand to explain upcoming work and answer questions, a press release states.
       Called the Westside Avenue Action Plan (WAAP), the $30.9 million multi- government project started in December and is scheduled to continue through 2018, with improvements occurring between 31st Street and just east of Manitou Springs' Highway 24 interchange.
       Planned highlights include a new avenue bridge over Fountain Creek at Columbia Road, underground utilities, sidewalks and intersections with stoplights at Columbia and Ridge Road. But the early work has involved digging in the roadway to make utility and storm drain connections, which often slows traffic.
       The meetings started this summer as a way for the many businesses along the West Colorado corridor to keep up to date with traffic impacts. However, the scope has been broadened to include the public at large in an attempt to enhance communications, explained project spokesperson Lisa Bachman.
       The project team “had a couple of calls from citizens upset about traffic delays,” she said. “So we decided, why not open it up to people who want to come?”
       For more information, the project hotline is 301-3801.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 8/18/17; Projects: Westside Avenue Action Plan)

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