‘We try to make it better’: 2C improves thousands of sidewalks in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - As road repaving ramps up this summer, Colorado Springs city crews are fixing more than just bumpy roads.

Crews are also improving and updating sidewalks and crosswalks before they start paving, as part of 2C.

“2C has allowed us to do some fantastic things. Years ago, we didn’t have the budget to do things like this,” said Cole Platt, a program supervisor for the city. “Now it allows us to look at each corner individually and make some pretty drastic changes to make it safer.”

Platt said the city redid more than 1,300 pedestrian ramps last year as part of 2C. He said a good example of improving sidewalk safety can be seen at the corner of Wahsatch and St. Elmo avenues, right near The Vanguard School.

“We had a corner that kids were standing, and the cars were cutting the corner and kids were having to dodge the cars,” he said.

Platt told 11 News that his lead inspector actually noticed the problem.

“[He] called me on the phone and he said, ‘I believe we have a safety hazard here with children standing on this corner with cars cutting it,’” Platt said.

So before crews repaved Wahsatch Avenue, which was on the 2C paving list, they redid every street corner near the school.

“So we got with The Vanguard School here and the administration, and they allowed us to take some of their fence and move it back to create a safe haven next to that curb and gutter where the fence is located for the kids so they’re not standing in traffic,” Platt said.

But it’s not just around schools that city crews look to improve sidewalk safety.

“We coordinate with schools, fire stations, first responders stations, hospitals, large businesses,” Platt listed. “We look at each intersection individually, and we try to fix it. We try to make it better. We try to make it safer for our pedestrians walking. We try to make it safer for kids for sure.”

2C is set to end in 2020, but in May, Mayor John Suthers announced he planned to talk to city council about extending the paving project.

“With the voters’ approval of 2C, we have been able to do some really fantastic things and make a huge difference in this community with our infrastructure,” Platt said. “I hope it passes again because in my 20 years here, this is the best thing I’ve ever been a part of.”

You can view the 2C paving list here.