When We'll See The Benefits Of 2C Road Repair Money

A lot of people are wondering why the roads in Colorado Springs are so bad, especially following a voter-approved tax increase aimed at repairing roads.

The city told 11 News those overlay and repaving projects have not started, but will soon.

"Once our 2C paving starts, it's a process, we're going to be paving approximately 208 lane miles this year," said Corey Farkas, Streets Division manager.

The contracts for the concrete contractors are almost finalized. Those contractors will be responsible for new curbs, gutters and sidewalks, which need to be repaired before asphalt is poured.

The city said asphalt and paving companies are currently putting together proposals that will be due to the city on March 9 before they pick a contractor.

The city said the 2C repaving projects are scheduled to start in April.

Farkas said the 2C taxes must go to those road repaving projects, not to refilling potholes. Pothole money comes from Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA) funds.

"We will continue to have our pothole accounts with our pothole crews out there trying to address the symptoms, at the same time trying to address the issue," said Farkas.

Waiting until April seems like a long time for some drivers.

On Wednesday Linda Wilfling had to pay hundreds of dollars to fix what a pothole did to her car this weekend.

"I had to have two fairly new tires replaces, plus a rim replaces, an alignment, so my bill came out to $484 and that's out of pocket for me," said Wilfling.

Whether it's filling potholes or repairing the whole road, Wilfling, like other drivers, hope something gets done fast.

"I'm feeling really frustrated that the city is not taking any accountability for this," she said.