Published: September 13, 2013
Local flooding has had its impact to area road improvement targets.
Replacing culverts on Black Forest Road is among top road projects identified by the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments for work in 2014.
The project is part of the council's Transportation Improvement Program, which identifies key area road improvement needs from this year through fiscal 2018.
Getting on the list increases the likelihood the projects will receive funding.
The list is necessary because it helps the council get its hands on federal transportation dollars.
In all, there are 65 transportation projects totaling roughly $604 million for which federal funds are appropriated.
Culvert replacement on Black Forest Road will cost an estimated $619,016 in 2014, according to the list.
The cost for work on that project this year was put at $210,964.
Other projects for 2014 include Sand Creek Trail construction from Palmer Park Boulevard to Constitution Avenue. This year $908,508 was slated to be spent on the project. In 2014, the cost is pegged at $894,052.
Also on tap for 2014, a traffic planning study for Woodland Park, work on downtown Monument sidewalks, Academy Boulevard improvements from Airport Road to Academy Loop and Rockrimmon Bridge replacement.
"The TIP is important because it lets us prioritize the projects that are the most important ones in the region," said Sallie Clark, El Paso County commissioner and a member of the PPACG board.
The projects that make the list "have the highest priority," she said. "These are important projects for the community."