Construction to close Fillmore, Centennial intersection

Published: December 19, 2013, 7:42 pm, by Garrison Wells

Avoid the intersection at Fillmore Street and Centennial Boulevard Friday through the weekend.

That intersection starting Friday, Dec. 27 through 5 a.m. Monday, Dec. 30, will be closed by construction for Colorado Springs Utilities’ drought mitigation project.

 There will be no access to Centennial from Fillmore during this time, but access to King Soopers and adjacent businesses will remain open, the utility said in a news release.

Traffic on Fillmore will be reduced to one lane in each direction adjacent to the intersection with Centennial, and periodic lane restrictions in the area will continue through Jan. 31, 2014.

This work will mark the final stretch of pipe installation for the Fillmore portion of the $10 million drought mitigation project that will connect a 24-inch diameter, raw water pipe from 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 Fillmore portion of the project has included the installation of about 4,400 feet of pipe.

Once the drought project is completed in April 2014, it will have the ability to deliver an additional 8 million gallons of water a day to customers and enable Springs Utilities to maximize water rights in Monument Creek.  

As work is concluding on Fillmore, crews are also wrapping up pipe installation efforts on Chestnut Street.

In addition to the raw water pipe installation, the Chestnut portion of the project has included the replacement of an aging water main. The Chestnut pipe installation and related road work is expected to be complete by mid- to late-January 2014.

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 (underway now)
  • Sinton Road (underway now)
  • Sutton Lane (late January – late February 2014)
  • Interpark Drive (February 2014 – March 2014)