Monday, October 22, 2018

Multi-million dollar Sand Creek stormwater project completed

Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2018 at 11:21 AM

click to enlarge Before the stabilization project on Sand Creek. - PHOTOS COURTESY OF CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS
  • Photos courtesy of city of Colorado Springs
  • Before the stabilization project on Sand Creek.
What a difference $6 million can make, as evidenced by a stormwater stabilization project on Sand Creek in the vicinity of Platte Avenue bridge.

The city announced completion of the project on Oct. 22, noting it's one of 71 projects the city agreed to complete under a 20-year, $460-million agreement with Pueblo County. Since that deal, inked in 2016, the city has completed six projects, says city spokesperson Vanessa Zink via email. Check out the entire list here.

The work on Sand Creek took 10 months and spanned a half mile, the city said in a release. Crews filled and reshaped the creek, installed grouted boulder drop structures to step the creek down and rebuilt the natural habitat along the creek. "The project raised the bottom of Sand Creek and regraded the banks back to a stable slope to prevent erosion and provide flood protection for up to a 100-year storm event through the half-mile improved section that will ultimately improve water quality for downstream communities," the release said.

Funding for the project broke down this way: $3.9 million from a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant; $600,000 from the state and $1.5 million from the city.

Contractor was Tezak Heavy Equipment.
After the project was completed.
  • After the project was completed.

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