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Contractors start work on Phase 1 of Centennial extension project

Nov. 10, 2017
       Work has started on Phase 1 of the four-lane Centennial Boulevard extension that will eventually connect Fillmore and Fontanero Streets.
       Three contractors are involved, according to Aaron Egbert, the city engineer
A backhoe for the contractor, Dwire Earthmoving, rearranges dirt as work gets under way on Phase 1 of the Centennial Boulevard extension Nov. 9. Dwire is filling in the 600-foot extension gap south of the VA Clinic. In the background is the clinic building; in the foreground is the current pavement's end about 200 feet north of Mesa Valley Road.
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who is managing the extension effort:
       - Dwire Earthmoving ($1,172,527), which is filling in a 600-foot gap in the previously built segment between Fillmore and Van Buren Street. The segment is north of Mesa Valley Road, downhill from the segment that goes past the VA Clinic.
       - Environmental Demolition ($46,300), which is handling the pre-demolition abatement on two properties in the 600 block of Fontanero Street. The sites were purchased with project funds to make room for the four-lane roadway.
       - Iron Mountain Demolition ($129,185), which is tearing down the buildings on those two properties, as well as one in the 700 block and the long- closed/vandalized Sondermann Park restroom near Fontanero.
       AECOM, a city consulting firm “will be providing construction management and inspection” for the contracted work, Egbert added.
       The contract calls for completion of the Phase 1 work by May 31, 2018, he said.
       The construction schedule anticipates the entire link opening by late 2020.
       There are two phases in all. Aligned through open land west of the Mesa Springs neighborhood, Phase 2 will build new road south of Van Buren, including the replacement (down to Chestnut Street) of the current Fontanero, which now dead-ends four blocks west of its interchange with I-25.
       The project budget is $13.5 million. Initially envisioned by city planners 30-some years ago as a way to relieve traffic on Fillmore Street and its I-25 interchange, the extension is an “A-list” item on the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (RTA) project list approved in 2012 by area voters.

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(Transportation: Centennial Extension)

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