Colorado Springs is planning to work on several bridge projects during the year — paid for through federal grants, the general fund or Pikes Peak Regional Transportation Authority. Some of the projects have been coordinated to improve the bridges ahead of paving projects paid for through the Initiative 2C road-improvement tax dollars.
Among the projects:
- Woodmen Road over Cottonwood Creek Bridge. The city will replace a bridge-expansion joint and conduct minor repair work. The work will start this month and is paid for through PPRTA.
- Rockrimmon Drive bridge. The city will replace the existing concrete box culvert and complete drainage improvements. Work starts in April. It’s paid for through a combination of federal grants and the city’s general fund.
- Barnes Road over Sand creek. The city will improve drainage, waterproof the bridge deck and replace the curb and gutter. Work starts in April and PPRTA is the funding source.
- Evans Avenue bridge. The city will replace the bridge and complete associated pedestrian improvements. The work starts in April. It’s paid for with a combination of city general fund money, federal grants and PPRTA.
- Chestnut Street bridge. The city will replace the bride between Vondelpark and Ellston St. that was destroyed by floods last summer. Construction starts in April and it’s paid for with PPRTA funds.
- Verde Drive bridge. The city plans to replace three existing four-foot corrugated metal pipe culverts beneath the road at Verde Drive bridge between Capulin and Quirvira drives in July. The general fund will pay for the improvements.
- Academy Boulevard over Sand Creek. The city will repair bridge joints, sidewalks, guardrails, waterproof the bridge deck and perform mill and overlay operation on the bridge between Sierra Sun Drive and El Morro Road. The work starts in August and is paid for through PPRTA funds.
- 26th Street over Fountain Creek. The city will replace the curb and gutter, overlay the bridge deck and improve drainage. The project starts in September and will use PPRTA funds.
City officials chose the projects to focus on major transportation routes. They are timing the work with both utility updates and paving operations.
Colorado Springs has 442 bridges, and the goal is to replace four bridges a year to keep all within their life spans, the city said in a press release.