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Sinton Trail between Centennial and Garden of the Gods opens Friday
Friday, June 06, 2014


North/South Douglas Creek Channel Repairs Near Complete

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.— A newly-paved Sinton Trail will reopen to trail users Friday, June 6 at 5:00 p.m. and stormwater repairs to more than six miles of concrete channel along North and South Douglas creeks are anticipated be complete by June 15. The project totaling nearly $5 million began in October 2013 to repair and replace deteriorating sections of concrete channel along the creeks. The trail has been closed since December 2013 to allow access to construction vehicles, which left the trail in poor condition.

Background

The Waldo Canyon Fire of 2012 dramatically changed the vegetative cover and soil characteristics of the North and South Douglas Creek drainage basins and the Camp Creek drainage basin. These factors made the already aging and deteriorating concrete channel more susceptible to damage and erosion. Mayor Steve Bach requested a special appropriation approved by City Council in May 2013 for $10 Million, of which $8.8 million was designated to upgrade the drainage infrastructure on North/South Douglas Creeks and Camp Creek.

North Douglas Creek flows generally southeasterly from Wolf Ranch through Pinon Valley to Garden of the Gods Road, through the Holland Park neighborhood and under I-25 to join Monument Creek. South Douglas Creek flows generally southeasterly from Flying W Ranch through the Mountain Shadows neighborhood to 30th street, Garden of the Gods Road and then through the Holland Park neighborhood and under I-25 to join Monument Creek.