COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The fourth year of 2C-funded paving operations is now underway with an estimated 174.45 lane miles scheduled to be paved in 2019. Today, Mayor John Suthers, City Councilmember David Geislinger and several city and community leaders kicked off the 2019 2C paving season at a special event on Austin Bluffs Parkway.
In 2015, voters passed ballot item 2C, which is a five-year 0.62 percent sales tax that generates roughly $50 million a year and is dedicated solely to roadway infrastructure repairs. From 2016-2018, the 2C program resurfaced 677.54 lane miles and is expected to surpass its initial goal of 1,000 paved lane miles by the close of 2020. Significant concrete work – an essential component of roadway maintenance – has also been completed from 2016-2018, including approximately 93 miles of curb and gutter, nearly 18 football fields of sidewalk and more than 3,400 new and retrofitted pedestrian ramps.
“With the third year of historic road work under voter-approved Ballot Measure 2C in the books and the fourth season now starting, we remain committed to improving the trajectory of our city’s transportation infrastructure,” said Mayor Suthers. “We have already repaved nearly 700 miles of roadway under 2C, but in a city with more than 5,900 lane miles and counting, much work remains to be done.”
The city has contracted again with Martin Marietta Materials and Schmidt Construction to pave an estimated 174.45 lane miles for the 2019 paving season, which will bring the four-year total to 851.99 lane miles. This season’s paving work officially began on April 29 with milling operations. The 2019 2C-funded paving list is available here: https://coloradosprings.gov/sites/default/files/inline-images/2019_2c_overlay_notification_w_zipcouncil_new.pdf.
Concrete work for 2019 also continues with the same local companies that have provided pre-overlay concrete work since 2016. Those companies are AA Construction Company, Inc.; Blue Ridge Construction, Inc.; CMS of Colorado Springs, Inc.; Even-Preisser, Inc.; and Trax Construction, Inc.
Planned concrete work for 2019 is on schedule and projected to be complete in late summer. Upon completion of the 2019 concrete program, crews will focus on the 2020 list as funds are available. Crews will conduct concrete repair work simultaneously with paving operations as weather permits.
See the attached fact sheet for more information about 2C-funded projects and oversight and visit www.coloradosprings.gov/2c for more information.