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Community Center construction continues on schedule

Construction workers install curbing along Community Center Drive on Sept. 20, 2012. Construction along Community Center Drive and in the Base Exchange parking lot will add drainage pipes, inlets and curbs. (U.S. Air Force photo/Carol Lawrence)

Construction workers install curbing along Community Center Drive on Sept. 20, 2012. Construction along Community Center Drive and in the Base Exchange parking lot will add drainage pipes, inlets and curbs. (U.S. Air Force photo/Carol Lawrence)

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Construction that began here on July 20 to restore aging infrastructure near the Community Center is on-track and has made steady progress.

Sandee Miller, construction manager for CH2M Hill Academy Services, said concrete repairs between Stadium Boulevard and Douglass Drive are complete as well as Community Center Drive paving from Stadium Boulevard east of Aspen Drive.

"Construction has progressed smoothly," Miller said. "Barring any unforeseen conditions when additional demolition takes place, there are no scheduling concerns at this time."
Miller said water line work between Aspen and Cathedral Drive is to be completed by Sept. 21 as well as paving from Douglass Drive west to Aspen Drive.

Concrete repairs between Cathedral and Pine Drive for phase two of the project is still under construction. Once existing gravel is removed and replaced, the road will be repaved, Miller said.

Reconstruction of the BX and commissary parking lot is underway. Miller said new drainage inlets and pipes have been installed, and construction of the new curb and gutter are expected to be completed by Sept. 21.

Once phase one is paved, fencing and other important components must be installed at the Academy's new recycle center location, Miller said.

"The recycle center will remain in its temporary location until further notice but it is hoped to be in its new permanent location by the end of October," Miller said.

After phase one of the project is complete, construction will proceed on Blodgett Drive, a part of phase two, Miller said.

Miller added the 10th Security Forces Squadron has heightened patrols in the area due to vehicles driving at excessive speeds. She said continued patience is requested.

"I want to remind drivers to really pay attention to the traffic control devices," Miller said. "There have been a few instances of drivers diving into oncoming traffic because they got confused seeing a dirt road in front of them. If there is no sign saying to change lanes or a flagger directing you into a different lane, do not change course."

The projects are in motion to upgrade the Academy's roads and water system and are expected to be fully completed by April 2013.

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