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#2 City Makes Significant Strides in Roadway Improvements in 2016

254 Lane Miles Paved, New Equipment to Improve Level of Service

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – 2016 was a pivotal year in working to improve the overall condition of Colorado Springs city streets with hundreds of lane miles receiving much needed paving or maintenance work, and the addition of several street sweepers and pothole repair vehicles.

Crews closed out the first 2C paving season with 229 lane miles of newly paved roads in Colorado Springs thanks to voter-approved Ballot 2C. 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.

2016 Paving Operations and Concrete Work Stats

2016 scheduled paving operations and concrete work were completed through 2C, Capital Improvements funding through the City’s General Fund, Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA) contracted and in-house work with the following milestones reached as of December 1, 2016.

 

  • Paved 254 lane miles (includes all funded programs)
  • Replaced 254 affected lane miles of curb and gutter
  • Conducted 688 lane miles of routine maintenance (chip/crack seal)
  • Placed 23,279 tons of asphalt for dig outs and mechanized paving (surgical replacement of portions of deteriorated roads)
  • Replaced 267,372 square feet sidewalk
  • Installed 367 new pedestrian ramps
  • Retrofitted 237 existing pedestrian ramps
  • Placed more than 230,716 tons of asphalt (does not include pothole repairs)
  • Pothole repaired 62,213 (current as of Dec. 13)

Residents can view an interactive map highlighting roadway paving and maintenance work conducted in 2016.

Contractors continue to make progress already completing 50 percent of the 2017 2C-funded pre-overlay concrete list after completing 2016 concrete work earlier this summer. 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. To meet ADA requirements, contracted crews built new or retrofitted a total of 719 pedestrian ramps.

New Street Sweepers

Eight new street sweepers have been clearing roadway debris on streets throughout Colorado Springs since July thanks to additional funding approved by City Council for the 2016 General Fund budget to augment this core maintenance program and to meet federal, state and local environmental and air quality mandates through sweeping and dust abatement.

The City entered into a five year lease-purchase agreement with O.J. Watson to replace eight of the City’s 15 sweepers that have surpassed their lifespan. Council approved the $380,000 annual lease payments during the 2016 General Fund budget approval process in November 2015.

Street sweeping operations compliment the City’s roadway maintenance program by providing several vital outcomes: Meets federal, state and local environmental and air quality mandates through sweeping and dust abatement as debris left on the roadways contributes to air pollution; serves as the first line of defense in keeping stormwater systems clear from debris that makes its way to creeks and waterways; enhances city beautification; and it creates safer roadways for motorcyclists and bicyclists who can be negatively impacted by roadway debris.

Pothole Repair Trucks

Despite the significant increase in paving and maintenance efforts, it will take a couple more years for the overall condition of city streets to improve. Pothole repairs continue, especially during the winter months as the continuous freeze-thaw cycle allows water to undermine roadways creating more potholes. Four new pothole repair trucks will hit the streets in March to augment the eight crews currently working to repair potholes. The number of pothole crews will remain at eight while providing the additional pothole trucks will provide much needed resources to help crews maintain their annual goal of repairing 60,000 potholes.

2C Tax Revenues Continue to Climb

2C Revenues Collected through Oct. 31                               $  36,044,980

2C Overlay (paving) expenditures through Nov. 30             $  17,621,561

2C Concrete Program expenditures through Nov. 30           $  11,739,639

Any and all funds remaining by the end of 2016 will roll into 2C construction for 2017.

For more information about voter-supported 2C projects visit www.ColoradoSprings.gov/2C.

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