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'What's that?': Army Corps of Engineers repair Cherry Creek Spillway

Posted at 10:11 AM, Jan 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-24 12:11:37-05

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AURORA, Colo. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is repairing sections of the Cherry Creek Spillway in Aurora near South Chambers Road and Yale Avenue.

A spokesperson for the Army Corps of Engineers said the plan is to restore the spillway to its original design without impacting existing infrastructure or utilities.

According to the government agency, over the past 60 years, the spillway side slopes have deposited up to 14 feet of sediment in the 11,600-foot-long spillway.

Maintenance crews will excavate 220,000 cubic yards of sediment and that material will be placed on Corps land right next to the spillway.

So far, crews have completed the downstream and upstream sections and are currently working on the main center section.

The center section earthwork is expected to be complete this spring, but crews have until September 2021 to complete the work.

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