Your Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA) tax dollars funded this $15-million project, a Priority A project on the November 2012 ballot, to rebuild this aging roadway from the ground, up. Colorado Springs Utilities partnered with the City to replace aging water and waste water lines as work was being conducted in the roadway. This saved both construction time in the roadway and ratepayer dollars.
Deteriorating pavement, concrete curb, and pedestrian ramps were replaced along the entire length of the corridor. Concrete sidewalk was also replaced where needed.
Many of the project benefits are clearly visible, such as:
- 26 new trees;
- New landscaping on the north side of Pikes Peak, including the north side of memorial park;
- New traffic signal at the intersection of Pikes Peak Avenue and Printer’s Parkway;
- Channel improvements to the ditch along Hancock Street;
- Improved pedestrian mobility along Pikes Peak Avenue with ADA upgrades to ensure accessibility for all,
but much work took place underground to include replacing City storm drain and Springs Utilities waterline, sanitary sewer and non-potable water lines. Maintaining this infrastructure is necessary and will serve well into the future.
Thanks to residents, travelers and visitors along Pikes Peak Avenue who endured evolving detours and traffic changes as we performed this necessary work. Thanks, also, to AECOM, our design team, and Wildcat Construction, the construction team for your diligent work to carry out the many needed improvements along this important corridor that connects Memorial Park and surrounding community to downtown from the east.