QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PIKEVIEW QUARRY
Who operates Pikeview quarry?
Pikeview quarry is owned and operated by Transit Mix Concrete Company of Colorado Springs.
Is the Pikeview quarry closing?
Yes. The Pikeview quarry, located in the Front Range foothills in the city of Colorado Springs and in operation since 1905, is near the end of its useful life and will go through a phased shut-down and reclamation.
Why is the Pikeview quarry closing?
The quarry is nearing the end of its useful life.
Is Transit Mix currently producing aggregate at the Pikeview quarry?
Yes, Transit Mix currently produces about a half-million tons of aggregate annually at Pikeview. Production will diminish and cease completely once the new quarry is generating the aggregate needed to replace Pikeview’s production.
When will the Pikeview quarry close?
The Pikeview quarry will decrease production of rock aggregate and other materials in phases over a period of two to three years concurrent with development of a new quarry located in unincorporated El Paso County south of Colorado Springs. The new quarry is intended to replace aggregate currently produced at Pikeview.
Will the workers at Pikeview quarry lose their jobs?
Transit Mix Concrete does not anticipate any changes to its staffing requirements as it transitions to a new production resource.
Was there a rock slide at Pikeview quarry recently?
There were two rock slides at Pikeview within the past eight years. The first occurred in December 2008, the second in September 2009. Mining operations were halted following the first rock slide while causes were investigated and safe operations could be assured. After regulators reviewed the engineering assessment of the rock slides and the company’s plan for resuming safe operations, permits were approved and the quarry reopened in May 2013.
Is Transit Mix Concrete closing Pikeview quarry due to the rock slides?
The company plans to close Pikeview because most of the aggregate resource at Pikeview has been extracted and within a few years the quarry will no longer be able to produce aggregate.
What will happen to the closed quarry site?
Once operations cease at Pikeview quarry, the plant and equipment will be removed and the land will be reclaimed by replacing surface soil and planting native trees, shrubs and grasses to match surrounding terrain.
Once production ceases and the quarry is closed, heavy truck traffic from Transit Mix through nearby residential areas will end.
The site is then intended to become a habitat for native fauna, similar to what occurred following the closing 15 years ago of Transit Mix’s Queens Canyon quarry, now known as The Greg Francis Bighorn Sheep Habitat.
How will the Pikeview quarry be reclaimed?
The company will reclaim the quarry according to the reclamation plan filed with the Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety in 2013.