Next phase of ditch project begins tonight

The third and final phase of work on the Independent Ranchmen’s Ditch flood-control project along Patterson Road begins tonight and will continue through April, squeezing traffic, reducing the speed limit and limiting turns.

Englewood-based Arapahoe Utilities and Infrastructure will begin moving equipment and materials into place today and work from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. all week along the south side of Patterson between 25 1/2 Road and First Street.

City officials say traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction, and no left turns will be allowed in the work zone.

Construction will move the week of Nov. 10 west to 24 1/2 Road, where workers will install side-by-side 90-inch and 96-inch pipes in the open ditch between 24 1/2 and 25 1/2 roads, according to Kristin Winn, spokeswoman for the city’s Public Works and Planning Department.

The outside eastbound lane on Patterson will be closed in that mile-long stretch. Officials will maintain two eastbound lanes most of the time by using the center turn lane for eastbound through-traffic, leaving only one westbound lane.

Dubbed the “Big Pipe” project, the work that has carried on for more than a year is intended to safely move storm water that falls on the Bookcliffs through the northern part of the city to the Colorado River.

The $16 million project will remove 383 residential and commercial properties from the 100-year floodplain that cuts across the city between First Street and 24 Road and Patterson Road and U.S. Highway 6&50.


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