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Winter Highlights #9: City Makes Significant Strides in Roadway Improvements in 2017


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Coordinated paving and maintenance operations in 2017 improved the overall condition of more than 1,000 lane miles of Colorado Springs city streets.

Crews closed out the second year of 2C paving under budget and right on schedule with 240 lane miles of newly paved roads in Colorado Springs.  The two year total is 471 lane miles paved thanks to voter-approved Ballot 2C.

The planned 223 lane miles scheduled next year will bring the three-year total for 2C-funded paving to 694. The City is trending ahead of schedule to reach the goal of 1,000 lane miles of new asphalt over the five-year life of the ballot initiative.  Any and all funds remaining at the conclusion of the five-year schedule will be applied to paving for future years.  

2C paving is conducted in tandem with routine roadway maintenance with chip seal, crack seal and paving using City general funds and Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority funding.

“Colorado Springs voters have voiced their support to invest in our city’s public infrastructure. The level of coordination required to pave that many lane miles while synchronizing with other roadway projects, utilities repairs and special events, is a testament to the commitment of our City staff, contracted crews, and partner organizations to improve our roadways in the most cost effective and efficient manner,” said Travis Easton, public works director for the City of Colorado Springs.

The 2018 paving list was created in coordination with multiple stakeholders, including City and county departments, Colorado Springs Utilities and other entities.

2C paving 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.

2017 Paving Operations and Concrete Work Stats

2017 paving operations and concrete work (all programs: 2C, PPRTA and City of Colorado Springs general funds) to achieve the following milestones:

  • 240 lane miles paved under Ballot 2C
  • 123 lane miles of chip seal preventative maintenance under PPRTA
  • 981 lane miles of crack seal preventative maintenance under PPRTA
  •   17 lane miles paving under PPRTA
  •   12 lanes miles paved through general funds
  • Replaced 184,575 linear feet of curb and gutter
  • Replaced 382,083 square feet sidewalk
  • Installed 204 new pedestrian ramps
  • Retrofitted 1090 existing pedestrian ramps
  • Placed more than 235,471 tons of asphalt

Residents can view an interactive map highlighting streets that received roadway maintenance or paving in 2017.

Contractors continue to make progress already completing 15 percent of the 2018 2C-funded pre-overlay concrete list after completing 2017 concrete work this fall. Curb and gutter work is required prior to repaving as any deficiency in the infrastructure creates risk of water and structural damage, which would significantly lessen the lifespan of any new streets. Further, concrete 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 ramp accessibility must be brought up to current standards. To meet ADA requirements, contracted crews built new or retrofitted a total of 1294 pedestrian ramps.

For more information about voter-supported 2C projects visit