COLORADO SPRINGS – There is a construction push happening on the west side of Colorado Springs in the area formerly known as no-man’s land. It is now called the Westside Avenue Action Plan (WAAP) and project managers want to ease the impact of the roadwork on traffic by the first of the year.
The stretch of Colorado Avenue where work is happening still looks torn up, but instead of demo and digging, the major elements of the project are on the way to finish work. “From the bridge west, most of that work’s done. It’s just one communication line that’s holding us up,” said El Paso County, Engineer, Brett Hartzell. Look to the east, and on-going work is evident.
“Our goal has been to get all the major elements of the projects done by the end of the year,” said Hartzell, “We know the project itself is going to go into, it looks like spring of next year. So we’re wanting to maximize the work within the travel lanes right now.” There is focused work happening leading up to a holiday break so construction can move off lanes and to the edge of the road for finish work
Temporary striping will take the base layer of paving through the winter months. If there is a warm streak sometime during the winter there could be paving. The likely scenario is the final layer of blacktop going down in the spring.