Confluence-area creek upgrades on hold until CDOT builds new Cimarron/I-25 intersection
A project to give a more natural look to the confluence of Fountain and Monument creeks - planned since the late '90s - is not
expected to be implemented for several years.
Jim Rees, Colorado Springs urban redevelopment manager, said the planned work would have to be done in conjunction with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the construction of the new I-25 interchange for Cimarron Street.
But with the interchange project not likely to start until at least 2008 - according to CDOT sources Rees has talked to - “everything is on hold,” he said.
The plan calls for a “more riparian” look to the confluence of the creeks, with native plantings, and improved accessibility to Confluence Park (just east of I-25) to go with channel widening, bank stabilization and other flood-control measures, Rees said. “There would be a better flow and an aesthetic quality that would restore the area around the creek, while including the drainage improvements that are so critical.”
Part of the expense, including work on both Monument and Fountain creeks, would be covered with $750,000 which was transferred from the Fountain Creek drainage improvement project Springs Community Improvements Program (SCIP) bond issue. A grant of about $1.6 million from the Army Corps of Engineers could be leveraged from that amount, according to city plans. However, additional funding sources would also be needed, as the overall expense of the confluence work has been estimated by the Corps at $7.7 million.
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