21st Street reopening (avenue to Naegele) now set for end of SeptemberSept. 17, 2018
The mid-September reopening of a long-closed, high-traffic segment of 21st Street has been pushed back to the end of the month.
Responding to an e-mail from the Westside Pioneer, project manager Ryan Phipps of Colorado Springs Engineering said in mid-September that the new date is
The segment of 21st between Colorado Avenue and Highway 24 has been closed to through traffic since early June, to allow a Colorado Springs Utilities water-main replacement, followed by road reconstruction using city 2C tax dollars.
Phipps had offered his mid-September prediction in late August. Asked recently what led to the delay, he mentioned lingering effects from early August storms, but overall “our schedule was a little on the optimistic end and did not take into account the likely potential of encountering unknowns, which is more common than not in the vicinity of Old Colorado City.”
One project milestone, tentatively planned for the week of Sept. 24, will be the installation of a waterproof membrane over the bridge, to extend the useful life of the span. This work will occur prior to the milling and paving work that will finalize the project as a whole. The contractor for the bridge work is Shanel Construction.
Concrete contractor Even Preisser has been creating or replacing curbs, gutters and sidewalks along 21st during the first part of September.
Martin Marietta is the contractor for milling the old road surface and pouring a new pavement overlay.
During the project, motorists between Highway 24 and the avenue have been able to circumvent the project area by using Naegele and 25th Street. Increased traffic on 26th Street has also been observed.
2C is the name of the city-sponsored ballot measure that voters approved in the November 2015 election. It established a .62 percent sales tax over a five-year span (2016-2020).
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