Westside Briefs:
Fillmore-Chestnut project update

       The Fillmore-Chestnut realignment project will continue through Dec. 21, then go on holiday until Jan. 2, according to the schedule by the contractor, Blue Ridge Construction.
       In a change of plans, Blue Ridge ran into “complications” with the traffic signal installation at Parker and Fillmore streets and now expects to have it “up and running the first week of January,” said contractor spokesperson Sharilyn Smith. The initial schedule had called for the stoplight to be operational this month.
       The project is funded by the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (RTA). Slated for completion in fall 2013, it is realigning Chestnut Street to cross Fillmore at Parker's current T-intersection, farther west of the Fillmore/I-25 interchange. The result will be a four-way signal at the interchange to replace the six- way now, which will reduce congestion on Fillmore, RTA officials have explained.
       Blue Ridge is working under a $4.4 million contract. The overall budget of $7.2 million includes a $400,000 contingency fund and has already paid for project right of way and design work.
       GoG full-moon hike
       A guided evening hike through the Garden of the Gods is scheduled Friday, Dec. 28.
       Timed for the full moon, the event will consist of groups of hikers leaving the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center starting at 6:30 p.m.
       The cost is $5 a person, with a family rate of $12.
       Proceeds will benefit local environmental stewardship efforts, a press release states.
       For more information call 219-0108.

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