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Poles along Gateway Road in Garden of the Gods to Demonstrate Possible Water Dentention Area
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Poles along Gateway Road in Garden of the Gods to Demonstrate Possible Water Detention Area

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.— Visitors to Garden of the Gods over the next 10 days may notice about 10 white poles with orange tops sticking up along the sides of Gateway Road.

The poles will be placed there temporarily between Saturday, February 15 and February 23 to help demonstrate possible changes to Gateway Road that are included in potential design solutions to address the flooding, erosion and sediment issues in the Camp Creek drainage corridor. The corridor extends through the Garden of the Gods and Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, along 31st Street through the Pleasant Valley neighborhood south to a confluence with Fountain Creek near U.S. Highway 24.

The Camp Creek Drainage Improvement Project was initiated by the City of Colorado Springs last fall to ensure public safety and protect private and public property by reducing flood risk and adding stabilization measures throughout the corridor.

One of the three alternativesto be reviewed at an upcoming community meeting would require detention directly north of Gateway Road to temporarily store water during major flooding events and release it at a lower flow rate. It would require raising Gateway Road so that water could be temporarily stored along its north side. The orange tops of the white poles in the demonstration represent the approximate elevation to which the roadway would be raised.

The proposed roadway elevations would match the existing elevations at 30th Street and at a point approximately one-fourth mile to the west. The maximum increase in elevation would be approximately 14 feet near the east edge of the existing bridge over Camp Creek. The new roadway would be wider than the existing road and would include bike lanes to improve safety.  

The third in a series of community workshops about the Camp Creek project has been scheduled for:

Tuesday, Feb. 25                                 

6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Coronado High School Cafeteria

1590 W. Fillmore St.

At the meeting, three alternative designs will be presented, followed by group discussion and response to the designs from meeting attendees. The alternatives are based in part on the community’s responses to five design concepts presented at a Dec.12 meeting.

The City has hired local engineering firm Wilson & Company to head up a project team to study the corridor and work with the community to develop solutions that are both technically sound and responsive to community desires.

For more information about the project, contact Mike Chaves, City Project Manager, at (719) 385-5408 or

Those interested in the Camp Creek project can find regular updates on the City’s website at or follow #CampCreek on Twitter.