200+ lane miles scheduled for paving under 2C funding
More than 200 lane miles are scheduled for paving operations in Colorado Springs in the second year of the 2C project.
Colorado Springs voters passed by ballot item 2C in November of 2015, which allowed the city to impose a 0.62 percent sales tax increase starting January 2016 for a period of five years that will collect about $50 million in revenues annually to be used exclusively for roads and road improvements within the city of Colorado Springs.
"We are excited," Mayor John Suthers said in reference to the planned paving. "We did 229 lane miles last year for 2C alone; with regular maintenance programs, we're well over 309 lane miles. We hope to do another 225 lane miles this year with 2C."
Not everyone is sharing the excitement when it comes to roads in Colorado Springs.
"Everywhere you go there's construction ... you tried one route and it's bad; another route, it's bad; you tried the third route, it's bad," Robin Kovats told 11 News.
Suthers is aware of the frustration and hopes residents will understand.
"I express my appreciation to the residents," Suthers said. "Not only for their support of 2C, but for their patience. There's a lot of cone zones in Colorado Springs right now."
The city has contracted again with Martin Marietta Materials and Schmidt Construction to pave an estimated 224 lane miles for the 2017 paving season.
Concrete work for 2017 also continues with the same five local companies that provided 2016 pre-overlay concrete work:
Planned concrete work for 2017 is on schedule and projected to be complete in late August. Upon completion of the 2017 concrete program, crews will focus on the 2018 list as funds are available. Crews will conduct concrete repair work simultaneously with paving operations as weather permits.
Foxridge Drive between Drennan Road and West Monica Drive, which connects to several residential streets, is on the 2C paving list for 2017. Estimated completion date is April 28, depending on weather.