Fillmore/Chestnut: Meeting with public to precede construction

       With contract approval Oct. 10 from the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (RTA) board, City Engineering and contractor Blue Ridge Construction plan to hold a pre-construction meeting for the public Wednesday, Oct. 24 on the Fillmore-Chestnut project.
       The meeting, scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Coronado High School cafeteria, 1590 W. Filllmore St., will provide details and “a more firm start date” for construction, according to Mike Chaves of City Engineering.
       The project is on the current RTA A list and has been in the planning stages for more than two years.
       Chaves added that “preliminary scheduling by the contractor shows work on the new Chestnut segments being built first, followed by work on Fillmore.” Project completion is expected in about a year.
       The work will feature the realignment of Chestnut Street west, away from its present intersection with Fillmore Street and the northbound off-ramp and southbound on-ramp at the I-25 interchange. The new Chestnut will cross Fillmore at its current intersection with Parker Street (Parker will become a cul-de-sac) and continue north for several hundred feet before curving down to resume the current Chestnut alignment north of Filllmore.
       The effect on Fillmore will be to eliminate one “six-leg” stoplight (at the interchange) and create two four-leg lights (at the interchange and at the new Chestnut). City traffic engineers have said that it will be easier to time two four-leg lights than the current six-leg.
       A website has also been created for the project, It is springsgov.com/Page.aspx?NavID=4076.
       The actual cost proposal by Blue Ridge was $4.4 million. It is close to what the city/RTA had estimated, Chaves said. He provided these numbers: Total project cost of $7.2 million, consisting of $1.1 million for design, $1.3 million for right of way and $4.8 million for construction (including 10 percent contingency).

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