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Repairs through December in Pleasant Valley ditch north of Westmoor Drive

      
A crew from CMS Inc., a city contractor, works on repairs Dec. 5 to the Pleasant Valley ditch, which provides the channel for Camp Creek. The project, north of Westmoor Drive will keep moving north to replace a total of 150 feet of concrete walls along the ditch's west side. A pipe (center of ditch) is temporarily carrying the creek flow through the work area. On the far side of the ditch is the southbound lane of 31st Street.
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A scheduled project has begun to replace 150 feet of failing concrete walls and to stabilize the channel bottom in the Pleasant Valley drainage ditch north of Westmoor Drive.
       The contractor, CMS Inc., will probably need till the end of December to complete the work, according to Brian Kelley of the Colorado Springs stormwater engineering office.
       The repair needs were among several identified around the city after flooding from steady rains in April and May of 2015. Funding is coming from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in cooperation with the city, Kelley added.
       The new concrete walls will go in along the west side of the north-south ditch, which carries the flow of Camp Creek. Kelley said he expects the pour to occur in a single day and require four to six concrete trucks.
       For the creek-bottom improvements, new boulders will be positioned, along with grouting and other work there to “give us more stability,” Kelley said.
       Running between the two sides of 31st Street, the ditch sports concrete sides through the Pleasant Valley neighborhood from Chambers Way downstream to Echo Lane/Bijou Street, where it ducks into a long culvert that empties into Fountain Creek. The creek bottom is natural north of Fontanero Street and concrete south of it.
       The last intensive work in the ditch occurred in 2014, when another city contractor performed what the city described as “interim repairs” at different places between Chambers Way and Echo Lane.
       City records show that the ditch's concrete side walls went up in the late 1950s and early '60s as Pleasant Valley was being developed, and the concrete bottom south of Fontanero Street was added a few years later.
       According to information gleaned from the city a few months ago, plans to implement major ditch improvements through Pleasant Valley are moving forward, with a chance that at least the design elements could start within two years. These plans, developed during a study with public input in 2013-14, call for a wider, more natural channel with a trail alongside.

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(Posted 12/7/16; Projects: Flood Control)

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