Weekday visitors to North Cheyenne Cañon Park will be met with detours and possible delays for the next several weeks while accessing trails on the west side of Colorado Springs.
Colorado Springs construction crews will replace 33 culverts during a three-phase, $200,000 project expected to last through the end of May. The work was scheduled to begin Monday, but recent storms delayed the start of the project.
City spokeswoman Krithika Prashant said a decision will be made later this week on a revised start date, as the National Weather Service has predicted the chance for snow on Wednesday and Thursday. Prashant said that storm will determine whether crews can begin work this week or next.
Segments of North Cheyenne Cañon Road will be closed Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. during each phase of the project.
City officials said alternate routes will be provided and all trails throughout the park are expected to remain open.
During the first phase, a few hundred yards of North Cheyenne Cañon Road will be closed above Helen Hunt Falls. All of Gold Camp Road from the parking lot near North Cheyenne Cañon Road east until the unpaved section ends will also be closed, city officials said.
The second phase will focus on 18 culverts at the southeast end of the park near the Starsmore Visitor & Nature Center. Crews will replace 12 culverts during Phase 3 from the Mount Cutler Trailhead to Canyonwood Road just above Helen Hunt Falls.
Once the culvert work is completed, city workers will repave North Cheyenne Cañon Road from the east end of the park to the Gold Camp Road intersection.
The paving will be funded by money generated by measure 2C, a sales tax increase approved by Colorado Springs voters in November 2015.
City crews will also replace the Evans Avenue Bridge just outside the southeast entrance to the park. The estimated price tag on that project is more than $1.1 million and will be paid for by a federal grant, the Colorado Springs general fund and the Pikes Peak Regional Transportation Authority's maintenance budget.