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Fountain Valley Construction Update


Last updated 3/13/2020 at 5:31pm

Karin Hill

Fiber being installed along 85/87

It seems roads all over the Fountain Valley are under construction lately. Sidewalks are being replaced, potholes patched, and much more.

The Fountain Valley News inquired about some of these projects, and here is a brief list of what we found. Check out next week's issue for more details.

Mesa Ridge Parkway

On Mesa Ridge Parkway between Fountain Mesa Road and Powers Boulevard, the Colorado Department of Transportation recently started a traffic signal enhancement project requiring occasional single-lane and shoulder closures. Work in this area is scheduled between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.

Some specific items included in this work, which is being done by Arrow Electric, are ADA-compliant ramps and advance flashing beacons, new poles, signal heads, cabinets and controllers, and detection controls.

Fiber installation along 85/87

Meanwhile in Fountain, J&R Boring Company under contract for Verizon One/MCI, is installing fiber, Fountain Electric Superintendent Carl Christian said.

The boring crew is putting in roughly a mile per day, added John Trylch, the city's communications manager. Recently, there was increased activity on South Santa Fe Avenue because the private boring company hit a water service line supplying the irrigation to that site, so water crews did respond to shut off the water and effect repairs on that line late into the evening that day.

The Verizon co-location project is primarily along Highway 85/87, Fountain Utilities Director Curtis Mitchell said. The city gets the benefit of a conduit from this installation.

85/87 north to Academy

Hwy. 85/87 from Mesa Ridge Parkway to South Academy Boulevard started experiencing lane closures this Wednesday for pothole repairs. The work will continue through March 20. These activities will occur primarily between 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and involve alternating, single-lane closure on north and southbound lanes of CO 85/87.

Water Mitigation on 85/87

Along some of that same stretch of 85, large pipes are being installed as part of the Air Force's water mitigation efforts. Security Water District states that subcontractors have begun construction of a state-of-the-art drinking water mitigation facility. This complex project will involve installing more than 5 miles of pipeline and construction of a centrally located ion-exchange mitigation facility.


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