Beginning the week of Oct. 15 and continuing through December, construction for Colorado Springs Utilities’ drought mitigation project — currently underway on Fillmore Street — will add Chestnut Street between Fillmore and Ellston Street.
At least one lane of traffic in each direction on the affected portion of Chestnut will be closed during construction, however business access will remain open, according to a news release.
In addition to the installation of the 24-inch diameter, raw water pipe for the drought mitigation project, the Chestnut portion of the effort will include the replacement of an aging water main.
Once complete, the project will deliver an additional 8 million gallons of water a day to customers next spring.
The $8 million pipeline project will connect the Pikeview Reservoir, near I-25 and Garden of the Gods Road, to the Mesa Water Treatment Plant, near Mesa Road and Fillmore Street.
The effort will enable Springs Utilities to maximize water rights in Monument Creek, and further insulate customers from existing and future droughts.
Lane restrictions remain in effect for the impacted portions of Fillmore during construction. Heading west on Fillmore, traffic is reduced to two through lanes, while eastbound traffic is reduced to one through lane. Depending on construction activities, lane restrictions may vary. Alternate routes are strongly advised.
The drought mitigation project will not impact recent Pikes Peak Regional Transportation Authority roadwork near Fillmore and I-25.
Once work is complete on Fillmore and Chestnut, pipe work will eventually move to:
- · Ellston Street (mid-November – December 2013)
- · Sinton Road (late December – January 2014)
- · Sutton Lane (late January – late February 2014)
- · Interpark Drive (February 2014 – March 2014)