Maintenance and repair work to start June 1 on Crystal Creek dam

COLORADO SPRINGS – One of Pikes Peak’s most popular reservoirs will undergo necessary maintenance and repair work beginning next month, including resurfacing of the dam’s unique steel face.

Crystal Creek Reservoir, one of three reservoirs operated by Colorado Springs Utilities on the North Slope of Pikes Peak, has been drawn down in anticipation of the work which will begin June 1 and continue through December.

The Pikes Peak Highway crosses the reservoir dam approximately 4.5 miles from the toll entrance. Weekday traffic will be limited to one lane on this section of the highway through October. Drivers are asked to respect traffic and construction signage and be prepared for some delays.

The reservoir will be closed to boating and shoreline fishing during the maintenance period, although designated area trails will remain accessible. Visitors are asked to stay out of fenced construction areas and away from construction vehicles.

The community can visit the following web site to stay up to date on maintenance and repairs at the reservoir: csu.org/Pages/CrystalReservoirWork.aspx.

Crystal Creek Reservoir was constructed in 1935 and features a steel face that is found in only five other dams in the state. The steel must be resurfaced periodically, which is part of the work being done this year. The structural integrity of the dam remains intact.

The reservoir was partially drained in 2019 in anticipation of the work occurring in 2020, but pandemic-related considerations caused the project to be rescheduled to this year. It is expected to be refilled and restocked next spring for the 2022 season.

Colorado Springs Utilities manages a total of 25 reservoirs in its broad water system. Crystal Creek Reservoir is one of three reservoirs in its North Slope system and provides about 1/6 of the drinking water storage capacity of that system. The other reservoirs can provide adequate storage while Crystal Creek is down for maintenance.