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Two years of reconstruction looms for Pikes Peak Ave.

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Beginning in October, a mile-and-a-quarter stretch of Pikes Peak Avenue east of downtown Colorado Springs will be chewed up, spit out, and rebuilt from scratch.  A $17 million taxpayer-funded reconstruction project will completely replace the stretch of Pikes Peak Avenue between Shooks Run and Printers Parkway.

"Pikes Peak is one of our worst roads in the entire city as far as pavement quality goes," said project engineer Ryan Phipps.  "Our operations and maintenance division basically has a crew out here all winter long to try to keep up with the potholes just because the pavement is in terrible condition."

Over a two-year span, construction crews will replace old, outdated water and sewer lines, install a huge new stormwater drainage line underneath the roadway and emptying into Shooks Run, and completely replace the entire roadway, including all curbs and gutters.  "It has outlived its life and we need to do more than just a mill and overlay," Phipps said.  "We need to completely reconstruct the roadway."

Phipps says approximately 15,000 to 20,000 vehicles drive that stretch of Pikes Peak Avenue per day, but it receives increased traffic during major events at Memorial Park, such as the Labor Day Lift Off, 4th of July celebration, and IAFF Fire Fighter Memorial ceremony.  "Our project will definitely impact traffic around those events, but it won't impact the events themselves," Phipps said.  "We won't require them to move or shut down."

The project is being funded by the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA) one-percent sales tax, approved by voters in 2012.

Suggested construction detours include East Platte Avenue and East Fountain Boulevard.  Pikes Peak Avenue drivers are urged to register for automatic email updates at pikespeakavenue@gmail.com and view additional project details at https://coloradosprings.gov/pikespeakreconstruct.

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