31st Street Channel Repairs to Impact Traffic Flow, Parking During April
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — People living near or traveling on 31st Street in the Pleasant Valley neighborhood may experience traffic delays during the month of April as repairs are made to the 31st Street drainage channel.
The City of Colorado Springs has retained a contractor to make intermediate repairs to the Camp Creek channel located in the median of 31st Street from West Bijou Street/ Echo Lane north to Chambers Way.
The repair work is expected to begin April 1 and be completed by the end of April. During construction, traffic lanes will be narrowed and on-street parking for portions of the street may be prohibited for periods of time. Full closures of portions of the street may also be needed for relatively short time periods.
The majority of the work will occur south of West Fontanero Street where the badly degraded channel bottom pavement will be capped with a new concrete surface. Other spot repairs of the channel lining north of West Fontanero Street may be accomplished as remaining funds are available from the original $250,000 in allocated funding.
The interim repairs are being made to help the existing channel remain in full service until planning, design, permitting and securing of funding to fully reconstruct the channel is complete. A portion of the Camp Creek watershed was burned in the Waldo Canyon fire. Since the fire, the volume and frequency of stormwater and sediment carried by the Creek have increased. The extended rainfall that occurred in September 2013 resulted in significant damage to the aged concrete lining, increasing the urgency of making repairs to the channel.
The City initiated a community-based planning process for permanent improvements to Camp Creek last fall which is nearing completion. A community open house for review of the recommended drainage improvement plan is scheduled for 5 to 7:30 p.m., April 29 at Coronado High School Cafeteria, 1590 W. Fillmore St.
For more information about the channel repairs, contact Ryan Phipps, City Repair Project Manager, at 385-5069 or RPhipps@springsgov.com .Information about the Camp Creek Drainage Improvement Project and community involvement process may be found at www.springsgov.com/campcreek.