Sections of a large, 83-year-old water pipeline running through Manitou Springs need replacement. As pipes age, line breaks are more common. In due diligence to our pipeline neighbors and our customers, it is prudent to replace the identified sections now. The pipeline carries water from Pikes Peak reservoirs to the Mesa Water Treatment Plant, which is scheduled for upgrade in 2018.
Pipeline construction is scheduled in two sections beneath El Paso Boulevard in Manitou Springs, beginning in October 2017 and continuing through spring 2018, and involves use of heavy equipment. Project maps are available at the bottom of this page.
As of late February, the pipeline replacement project is 80 percent complete. Construction activity is common during daylight hours Monday through Saturday. Night closures in the sections currently under construction may continue, in effort to expedite daytime pipelaying activity.
Pipeline construction near Memorial Park is expected to finish by mid-March. The latest traffic impact information is detailed below.
Pipeline construction on the east end of the project (near Columbia Road) is nearing completion.
Work near the Manitou Hydro Plant is expected to complete in early March. See traffic impacts detailed below.
Beginning Monday, Feb. 26, asphalt patching will begin over the trench line to help minimize airborne dust. Patching will be performed in phases, starting on El Paso Boulevard, east of Beckers Lane. Digital signs will provide direction.
Later this spring, when temperatures are warmer allowing for appropriate application, new asphalt will be laid over the entire roadway where the pipeline was laid.
March 1 - 22: With pipeline installation complete, crews need to connect the new pipe to the existing line. For safety reasons, multiple intersections will be closed or partially closed for limited periods while the connections are made. Roadways will reopen as soon as possible upon completion of work. Anticipated closures are detailed below.
Through March 5: Ruxton Avenue, from the intersection at Hydro Street to just north of the Hydro Plant, will be closed down to one lane and traffic will be guided by flaggers. Motorists should watch for heavy construction equipment in that area and in addition, watch for pedestrian traffic.
Through March 2: The intersection of Washington Avenue and El Paso Boulevard will be closed to through traffic. Please use Old Man’s Trail to access Manitou Avenue from El Paso Boulevard. During this time, only local traffic will be allowed on Washington Avenue south of Sunshine Trail (closest to the Washington Avenue and El Paso Boulevard intersection).Through traffic will not be permitted. Motorists wishing to access U.S. Highway 24 via Washington Avenue can travel north on Sunshine Trail. Motorists traveling west on Washington Avenue can access Manitou Avenue via Cañon Avenue. Please follow detour signs.
Contact us: You can reach the project team at 719-645-4950 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also sign-up for text alerts about the project by sending "MSpringsPipe" to 313131.
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uch on the dust: Dust is often a side effect of construction. We are working to keep the roadway watered to limit airborne dust. But the application of water is complicated by cold weather conditions. We are taking additional steps, as well, and we need your help: If windborne dust is an issue in your area, please call (719) 290-0885 to report it.
MSpringsPipe" to 313131.