Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Parts of Tejon closed over the weekend

Posted By on Tue, Jun 5, 2012 at 4:41 PM

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You won't be able to travel along Tejon Street, between Vermijo and Costilla streets, over the weekend due to a blockade.

Check your road rage, though — county officials say the closure is for a good cause, namely saving energy at a county building by moving around some pipes. In the long run, such a move should make better use of taxpayer money.

In the short run, of course, it's likely to piss a lot of taxpayers off. So take note, and avoid the traffic jam.

County Announces Tejon Street Closure For Installation of Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Detours Begin Friday Morning

Colorado Springs, CO, Tuesday, June 5, 2012 – Detours will be in place for traffic in both directions along south Tejon Street between Vermijo and Costilla starting at 5 a.m this Friday, June 8, and continuing through Sunday, June 10, for installation of underground pipes. Limited access to the County Parking Garage adjacent to the Robert L. Russell Professional Building will be allowed during the construction process.

The new pipes will connect El Paso County's Robert L. Russell Professional Building to the County's highly efficient Central Utilities Plant (CUP). "Connecting the Russell building to the C.U.P. will result in significant energy savings for many years to come," said Deputy County Administrator Monnie Gore. "It also allows us to remove a number of old, inefficient air conditioning units on the roof of the building which are well beyond their useful life expectancy."

Traffic flow will return to normal in time for start of the work week Monday morning.

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