Original investment in our city's 5,688 lane miles of paved roads cost billions of dollars, and it now costs millions annually to maintain our roads. Deterioration and road failures are common to Colorado springs and other Front Range cities due to the winter weather pattern and continuous freeze-thaw cycles. When moisture seeps into cracks in the surface of a road and freezes, it causes it to expand. When the ice thaws that space is left empty, and combined with frequent or heavy traffic over the crack, the asphalt deteriorates. Timely and good maintenance is imperative.
The Operations & Maintenance Division performs a variety of services to maintain our roads.
If you would like to report a pothole to the Operations & Maintenance Division you can do one of the following:
- Call 385-ROAD and leave us a message detailing the pothole's location
- Fill out the Street Maintenance Request Form
- Download the GoCOS! App to your phone and mark the potholes location on a map.
Crack filling and sealing is one of the main preventative maintenance practices for pavements. Since failure to repair/treat cracks in a timely fashion can lead to accelerated deterioration, it is important to find effective solutions to minimize its effect and extend the service life of our roads.
Chip Seal is a resurfacing treatment that places a thin layer of asphalt emulsion, followed immediately by the application of 3/8” or 1/4” rock chips, over pavement surfaces that are in sound condition. A “fog seal” is applied to lock the new surface in place. Chip Seal provides a coarse wearing surface with increased tire traction, improving safety during winter driving conditions and helping to protect and lengthen the life of the asphalt driving surface. It is considered a preventative treatment that helps to keep the “good roads good.”
When a road is significantly deteriorated and will not benefit from routine preventative maintenance, the road needs to be reconstructed. This entails removing the entire layer of pavement and possibly the subgrade below the pavement and rebuilding the road from the subgrade up, essentially creating a new road. City Engineering manages pavement reconstruction through its Capital Improvement Projects program funded by Pikes Peak Regional Transportation Authority.