by Pam Zubeck
Road work is an expensive proposition. Just take Hodgen Road in north El Paso County. Here's a project that was estimated to cost $12 million in 2005 when the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority got its start. But now, the tab sits at $16.7 million.
According to the county's website, this project "consists of safety improvements to upgrade Hodgen Road to arterial standards."
Today, El Paso County commissioners are expected to approve paying Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc., $952,854 to move utilities, and that's not the half of it. The project cost summary lists utility relocations as costing $3.5 million total.
Here's more info from the county's website.
• PPRTA budget - $16,665,180
• Total estimated project cost - $16.38 M
• Design/Property Acquisition Contracts authorized - $1,770,171
• Utility relocation design agreements authorized - $251,436
• Invoiced amounts - $1,582,130
• Estimated cost for property acquisition - $750,000
• Estimated cost for utility relocation - $3.5 M
• Estimated construction cost - $10.13 M
• URS is finalizing the plans and specifications.
• The project continues to make progress in securing the necessary right of way
and easements and utility agreements for the project. Utilities, including
Qwest, Mountain View Electric, Black Hills Energy and Tri-State, will require
relocation along the entire project corridor. Purchase orders for relocation
construction will be necessary for Mountain View, Black Hills and Tri-State.
Construction was supposed to begin this year, according to the first-quarter report, but it's not clear whether that will happen or not.