Springs's road program shows good progress, mayor says

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Workers lay asphalt at Centennial Boulevard and Chuckwagon Road. - COURTESY CITY OF COLORADO SPRINGS
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  • Workers lay asphalt at Centennial Boulevard and Chuckwagon Road.
Mayor John Suthers held a news conference Monday to report to the community progress under his tax increase for roads approved by voters in November 2015.

Here's the update from city communications:
2C concrete and paving operations are on-time and under budget as crews pass the halfway mark for the 2017 paving season. So far, crews have paved 137.65 of 242 scheduled lane miles for 2017. The remaining 105 miles are expected to be complete by the end of October.

The effort is funded through a temporary five-year $0.62 sales tax approved by Colorado Springs voters in November 2015 to be used solely for roadway repairs. Paving efforts occur in tandem with continued Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA) projects to provide routine preventative maintenance that helps roads achieve their full life span.

“Maintaining our city’s critical infrastructure continues to be a key priority, and we are making good on our promise to achieve the milestones we initially set when voters approved ballot measure 2C. I’d like to commend our street crews, who, despite considerable wet weather, expect to reach the finish line for year two by late October.” said Mayor John Suthers. “Roadway work is on-time and under budget, which is good news as any additional funds will be rolled into additional road improvements in future years.”

2C Work On-Time, Under Budget:
2017 2C Program Budget:                                                    $49,104,459
2017 2C Pre-Overlay Concrete*:                                           17.5 percent under budget
2017 2C Paving Operations*:                                                13.9 percent under budget
*Information reflects estimated v. actual expenditures through Aug. 24 and is subject to change based on a variety of factors.

2017 2C Paving Operations and Concrete Work Stats
Despite recent wet weather, 2017 scheduled paving operations and concrete work are on schedule. Below stats are current as of August 24.

· Paved 137 of 242 scheduled lane miles (56 percent complete)
· Replaced 114,595 linear feet of curb and gutter
· Replaced 230,149 square feet sidewalk
· Installed 71 new pedestrian ramps
· Retrofitted 667 existing pedestrian ramps
· Placed more than 44,340 tons of asphalt

Contractors continue to make progress already completing 57.62 percent of paving and 72 percent of the 2017 pre-overlay concrete list. Crews expect to complete 2017 concrete work in September and the 2017 paving list by the end of October, weather permitting. Curb and gutter work is required prior to repaving as any deficiency in this infrastructure creates risk of water and structural damage, which would significantly lessen the lifespan of any new streets. Further, sidewalk work was completed ahead of paving to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which requires that anytime a street is repaired or repaved, ADA accessibility must be brought up to current standards.

Interactive Map Highlights 2017 Roadway Projects
In addition to the 2C-funded paving, the Public Works Operations and Maintenance Division conducts maintenance work throughout the city. To date, these crews have completed:
· 82 of 120 scheduled lane miles of chip seal preventative maintenance
· 473 of 466 of scheduled lane miles of crack seal preventative maintenance
· 6 lane miles of scheduled paving through General Funds/Capital Improvements
· 6 of 13 lane miles are complete through PPRTA funds
· 104 of 153 lane miles of mechanized patching through PPRTA
· Repaired 50,534 potholes


Thirteen miles were added to the 2C paving list for 2017 bringing the total scheduled miles from 229 to 242 lane miles. The following streets were added to the 2017 list:
· Woodmen Road between Black Forest and Marksheffel Road
· Bradley Road between Horizon View and East City limit
· Research Parkway between Voyager Parkway and Chapel Hills Drive

Residents can view an interactive map highlighting progress of all roadway paving and maintenance operations, to include 2C-funded paving and concrete; PPRTA-funded crack seal and chip seal; and General Fund-sponsored pothole repairs, mechanized paving, and dig-outs. The map does not include PPRTA-funded capital improvements projects. For more information on maintenance applications visit: https://coloradosprings.gov/public-works/page/roadway-maintenance

2C Paving 5-Year Map is Now Available Online

Residents can view an interactive map of planned streets to be paved throughout the five-year life of Ballot Measure 2C, years 2016-2020. Coordination with multiple stakeholders, including City and County departments, Colorado Springs Utilities, private organizations and other entities facilitated completion of the 2018-2020 2C paving list. Paving lists are subject to change based on a variety of factors including coordination of roadway work, resources and weather.

For more information about voter-supported 2C projects visit www.ColoradoSprings.gov/2C. To view an interactive of public works projects, including stormwater, maintenance and capital improvements for roads and bridges view the 2017 Public Works interactive projects map at ColoradoSprings.gov/PublicWorks

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