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In a photo from September, a contractor crew prepares the northwest corner of Uintah and 23rd streets for future paving. Untrampled amid the construction work was the annual, volunteer flower display in Thorndale Park by the DRU (Dynamic, Real & Unlimited) Yoga class through the city's Springs in Bloom program.
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New pavement for segments of Uintah, 26th and Fillmore in October

Fresh pavement is compacted and smoothed at the northwest corner of Fillmore Street at Centennial Boulevard Oct. 7. The work was part of a weekend project to repave Fillmore between Centennial and Chestnut Street.
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Update, Oct. 16, 2017
Final paving of Uintah is now scheduled Oct. 16 and 17. The street will be closed both days, with motorists detoured to Bijou Street or Platte Avenue.

Oct. 12, 2017
       The last two major Westside 2C projects this year are getting paved in mid-October.
       The locations are 26th Street between Colorado Avenue and Highway 24 and Uintah Street between Mesa Road and 30th Street.
       The work started this week on Uintah Street, in the portion between Mesa and 19th. As the paving moves west, a lane will usually continue to be kept open in both directions, according to David Scalfri, Public Works operations managers, although he advised that "delays may occur.”
       26th Street is tentatively set for its overlay Thursday and Friday, Oct. 19-20. The street from Colorado to the highway will be closed to all traffic both days, Scalfri said.
       With 26th there serving as the main access from the highway to Old Colorado City, the city “will be meeting with residents and
A roller machine compacts the just-laid pavement on Uintah Street near the Uintah Gardens shopping center Oct. 12. Coned off at right is the parking lot for Rick's Garden Center (with a sign for honey).
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businesses impacted by the closure” beforehand, in an effort to minimize impacts, said Public Works spokesperson Kim Melchor.
       The city schedule, which could change for such reasons as weather, emergencies or equipment issues, currently shows both the 26th and Uintah segments being fully paved by Oct. 22.
       Over the past two summers, both have experienced frequent project days, as crews from Colorado Springs Utilities, city stormwater and contracted concrete companies have taken steps to ready the roadways above and below ground for their eventual paving.
       A separate major overlay, funded from the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA) maintenance budget, had also been slated for mid-October, on Fillmore Street between Centennial and Chestnut. However, its contractor went ahead and did the work over the weekend of Oct. 7-8.
       (It could be conjectured that the contractor, Martin Marietta, was inspired by paving in front of its former operational site on Fillmore Hill, from which it had relocated earlier this year.)
       That segment of Fillmore “was scheduled for paving with PPRTA funds in 2015,” Scalfri elaborated. “The project was deferred due to some ongoing subsurface water-main infrastructure repair needs. We were able to fund it and fit it into this year's PPRTA program schedule.”
       Also planned this month on Fillmore, between Centennial and Mesa Road, is crack-sealing work, again using PPRTA funds. The road itself there was “paved in recent years and remains in good condition,” Scalfri said.
       Other major paving jobs on the Westside this summer, all under 2C, have consisted of the following:
       - 21st Street between Broadway and Highway 24.
       - 26th Street from Highway 24 to Lower Gold Camp Road.
       - Bear Creek Road from Lower Gold Camp Road to Gold Camp Road.
       - King Street from 30th Street to 19th Street.
       - Lower Gold Camp Road from 21st Street to 26th Street.
       The 2C and PPRTA programs are each supported by a specific local sales tax.

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