On Monday, Jan. 10, pedestrian access to the sign will close as crews begin exploratory work to prior to moving the sign. They will inspect the concrete foundation and determine the best way to protect the structure during the planned move.
A date for removal of the sign has not been determined.
The sign, made from three large sandstone slabs was set in approximately 210 cubic feet of concrete in 1994 at its current position at the entrance to Garden of the Gods Park. A recent inspection revealed weathering, cracking and damage to the existing sandstone. The exploratory work will allow crews to determine the safest way to move the sign.
The 30th Street Corridor Reconstruction Project addresses numerous safety issues along the corridor, including: a lack of roadway shoulders and drainage facilities; aging street pavement with adjacent hillside erosion and slope destabilization; a lack of multi-use roadway facilities; safety and mobility at corridor intersections; and access for emergency vehicles and evacuation. Upon completion, anticipated in mid-2023 (weather dependent), safety and mobility will be greatly improved for the traveling public, bicyclists and pedestrians.
Design for the project was funded by City Public Works capital funds. The Federal Surface Transportation Block Grant Program in the amount of $14.5 million, with the City contributing $3.5 million, is funding the construction.