Aug 2, 2010 9:52 PM by Jeannette Hynes

Sinkhole is not the only sinking problem

A two-foot wide sinkhole on Tejon Street will take a much bigger hole to fix the problem.  Until it's fixed, Tejon will be closed from Fountain Boulevard to Mill Street.  Crews aren't sure when they'll reopen the road.

Engineers fixed this area last year, but it was just a patch.

"These quick band-aids are all we can afford to do," says Cam McNair, Colorado Springs City Engineer.

That area and many others like it around Colorado Springs were on a priority list to be fixed with Stormwater Enterprise money.  Voters got rid of the enterprise in November with only a fraction of the projects finished.

"The rest is still there and getting worse," says McNair.  "I think we're seeing the tip of the iceberg, because we're not able to address these proactively anymore.  We're reacting."

Underneath the sinkhole on Tejon Street is old metal pipe that takes water from the street all the way to Fountain Creek.  City engineers would like to replace the pipe with concrete.

"But that's a pretty major undertaking.  I'm not sure we'll be able to afford that.  We'll just have to see what we can do," says McNair.

McNair says he expects repairs like this one to take longer, both for the repair and for the search for funding.



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