Southern Delivery System: Construction to take off in earnest over the summer

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

Engineers and crews have already begun staging work at the Pueblo Dam where a new North Outlet Works will be constructed. Underground pipeline will be placed beginning in June through the first 9 miles through Pueblo West. And some work has already begun on laying finished pipeline under Marksheffel Road in El Paso County…

“In terms of land acquisition, we are halfway there, mostly in Pueblo County,” SDS Project Director John Fredell told the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District board Thursday…

“It will be a boost to the regional economy, with $80 million-$100 million in construction costs this year, much of that in El Paso, Pueblo and Fremont counties,” Fredell said. “Over the life of the project, there will be $150 million in labor earnings alone.” There are expected to be an average of 380 jobs per year until SDS is completed in 2016, with a peak of 700 SDS jobs in 2014. The peak construction period will be in 2013-15, when the El Paso County treatment plant and three pumping stations will be constructed…

Reed Dils, a Buena Vista director, said the Pueblo route is preferable to an early proposal to build a dam near Buena Vista. The idea for an Elephant Rock Reservoir was kicked out in the early 1990s, as Colorado Springs was formulating plans for SDS, and protest signs remain in the area. “Thank you for the wisdom in not selecting Elephant Rock,” Dils told Fredell. “By not building in Chaffee County, you preserved the recreational economy in Chaffee and Fremont counties.”

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