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Colorado Springs 2C projects: 'on time, on budget'

By: Chhun Sun
January 11, 2017 Updated: January 11, 2017 at 7:24 pm
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Workers with Schmidt Construction Co. work Monday, October 31, 2016, to pave a section of Venetucci Blvd that signals this year's end of paving operations funded by the voter-supported Ballot Item 2C. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette

Colorado Springs city officials faced no significant challenges or financial restraints in completing their first year of a citywide roads project made possible through a special sales tax.

"We're on time, on budget," Corey Farkas, the city's streets division manager, said during the year's first quarterly meeting with the 2C Advisory Committee at City Hall on Wednesday.

Last year, crews paved 229 lane miles in Colorado Springs through funding from Ballot Issue 2C, which voters approved in November 2015 to raise $50 million annually to rehabilitate city streets through a five-year, .62-percent sales tax increase.

After the ballot passed, Mayor John Suthers formed the committee to provide input on the project's timeline, road improvement plans and releasing project information to the public.

In November, $44.5 million was collected through the tax, with $39.6 million in work being done, officials said. The city is set to receive more than $50.2 in 2016 once the final numbers are tallied, officials added.

Any leftover money will be rolled onto this year's 2C budget.

Other project highlights:

- replacing 123,665 linear feet of curb and gutter;

- replacing 282,407 square feet of sidewalk;

- installing 269 new pedestrian ramps;

- retrofitting 466 existing pedestrian ramps;

- placing over 182,949 tons of asphalt material.

The successes came after crews took advantage of mostly favorable and dry conditions during the second half of last year, officials said. Crews also have completed nearly 30 percent of lane miles on the 2017 streets list, meaning those roads are ready for paving.

"We have just begun our journey and we still have much work to do in this five-year effort to raise the bar on our roads, but we stand committed to investing our transportation infrastructure," Suthers said in a statement.

For more information on the 2C project, visit www.ColoradoSprings.gov/2C.

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