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Stormwater project gets underway

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Map of 26 stormwater projects by the City of Colorado Springs. Map of 26 stormwater projects by the City of Colorado Springs.

Construction is underway in the first part of a stormwater drainage project in the Shooks Run neighborhood. The project is being paid for with funding secured by the passage of Ballot Issue 2. Colorado Springs is expected to retain as much as $12 million in excess revenues to be used for stormwater projects across the city. 

The project will address flooding in the hardest hit area of the neighborhood by making improvements to the drainage system and will continue through the end of 2017.

This phase is estimated to cost $15,000 and will include the instillation of  larger inlets on Logan Street between Platte Ave. and Bijou St. to help keep water from pooling on the streets and divert it to the drainage system.

"I'm grateful that city voters have chosen to invest much needed dollars in critical stormwater infrastructure.  This project is an example of how retention of these excess funds directly benefits our residents by improving our ability to mitigate flooding and preserve water quality.  Our citizens' willingness to address critical public infrastructure issues is a major factor in our city's economic resurgence," said Mayor John Suthers in a news release.

Future phases of the project include much larger projects later this fall and winter, that will include improvements between Cedar St. and Hancock Ave. Other improvements will be made further upstream to capture the above ground water into the system before it even reaches the neighborhood. The cost of the entire project is estimated at $520,000.

Additional money generated by the voter approved ballot issue will be used to help Colorado Springs meet it's stormwater funding requirements with Pueblo County. There will also be several neighborhood projects throughout the city.

Read more about the proposals here.

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