NOREEN: Even in a drought there's a water problem

BARRY NOREEN Updated: February 7, 2013 at 12:00 am • Published: February 7, 2013

Reader Darrell Cornett has been seeing something almost every day this winter in his neighborhood — something most Colorado Springs residents have seen very little of this winter: ice.

“For several months (more than a year), water has flowed on Woodland Hills Drive near the cross street of Rolling Wood Loop East from what appears to be an underground spring,” Cornett wrote, “and has caused a dangerous situation with the constant freezing of water across Woodland Hills Drive....

“The city has had to send front-end loaders and sand trucks to the location on numerous (at least twice weekly) occasions to scrape the ice and place sand

gravel down and the road now has several small pot holes as a result and the city has placed warning signs of icy road conditions. What are the city plans for alleviating this serious situation and how soon before someone has a serious accident from the ice that occurs every day?”

Bard Lower, operations manager for the streets division, acknowledged that the situation has been a headache.

“There’s a spring up there,” Lower said. “It’s a fairly steep street, so it flows down. We’re out there twice a week.”

Lower agreed the ice creates a hazard, reaching the middle of the street and freezing up for three of four blocks. The water has been flowing for months.

The cure for this will be getting the water to flow into Cottonwood Creek, but local topography makes that more complicated than it sounds, Lower said.

“We’ve been working with city engineering to find a solution,” Lower said.

Bottom line: Lower said the problem will be solved before next winter, but it won’t be solved overnight, either.

Reader Aaron Higgins asked, “What’s the status of the Colorado Crossing shopping center on the Springs’ north side? Furthermore, what about the Renaissance Hotel? Both are eyesores in their unfinished state, will they ever be completed?”

In both cases, according to Gazette reporter Rich Laden, the projects remain incomplete. Some properties once owned by Colorado Crossing’s developer have been auctioned off, but selling Colorado Crossing may be problematic.

The Renaissance Hotel, where construction ceased more than three years ago, also faces an uncertain future.

Got a question? Contact Barry Noreen at 636-0363 or at barry.noreen@gazette.com. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter. Hear him on KRDO â?¨NewsRadio 105.5 FM and 1240 AM at 6:35 a.m. Fridays.

 

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