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LETTERS: Questions on replacing curbs, sidewalks; more on Bighorn Sheep move

By: Gazette readers
February 8, 2018 Updated: February 8, 2018 at 6:47 am
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A question for the city

Does anyone have the answer to the question, "Where is the money coming from to replace the miles and miles of sidewalks and curbs that are being replaced or put in new?" We have seen perfectly good concrete dug out and new put in.

The suspicion of a lot of citizens is: It's from the "tax" voters approved for streets that are still disgraceful. In other words: we've been "taken for a ride again". Any solutions out there?

Joan Neugebauer

Colorado Springs

   

Why replace sidewalks, curbs?

There are several reasons why curb and gutter need to be replaced before any road is repaved or improved. First, the Americans with Disabilities Act requires that before any improvements are made to a stretch of road, pedestrian ramps and sidewalks must be brought up to ADA standards.

"Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that state and local governments ensure that persons with disabilities have access to the pedestrian routes in the public right of way. An important part of this requirement is the obligation whenever streets, roadways, or highways are altered to provide curb ramps where street level pedestrian walkways cross curbs. This requirement is intended to ensure the accessibility and usability of the pedestrian walkway for persons with disabilities".

You can read the full explanation from the Department of Justice/Department of Transportation here: https://www.ada.gov/doj-fhwa-ta.htm.

The second reason curb and gutter is replaced prior to roadway repair, is to correct cracks and imperfections that could allow moisture to seep under the new construction. This moisture, if allowed to compromise the new construction, will create premature cracking and distress to the asphalt. The city of Colorado Springs is committed to ensuring all roadway work is done in a cost-effective and efficient manner. For this reason, ensuring the integrity of adjacent concrete is vital to the longevity of road improvements.

A third reason for concrete replacement is to correct drainage issues. As concrete settles it can lead to low areas that pond water, which can also lead to premature failure of roadways. It can also promote localized flooding which is a safety issue during the rainy season.

To learn more about the progress funded by Ballot Measure 2C, please visit the city's website at www.coloradosprings.gov/2C.

Jamie Fabos

City of Colorado Springs

   

More info on bighorn sheep move

Byron Layman really needs to educate himself on wildlife topics before he writes. Colorado Parks and Wildlife relocates Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep "usually" for one of three reasons:

- The current herd has grown too large and some are relocated to decrease the chances of disease within the population (usually Lungworm Disease which can be fatal).

- Several of the large herd are relocated to establish a new herd in an habitat that is a good match.

- Some of the sheep are removed to add to the population of a dwindling herd.

The sheep removed from the herd near Garden of the Gods will not be hunted for a long time if ever.

Oh by the way, people should not be approaching these sheep or any wild animal for that matter, as domestication or disease will eventually sign their death warrant.

One other bit of info: It usually takes 20 or more years of applying for a sheep tag before one is drawn and after that you must attend a class on the sheep hunt before you are allowed to hunt. It's usually a "once in a lifetime" ordeal for someone in Colorado.

Bob Bentley

Divide

   

Behavior of society getting worse

I want to concur with Jim Hagan's and Jerry Murphy's letters of Feb. 6, and do some "piling on" to Tom Binnings' comments. Without Doug Bruce's TABOR act initiation, I fear spending by Colorado politicians would be as bad as California or the federal government. Our economics would be depressed by out-of-control spending - just consider CDOT as one example.

And as far as Focus on The Family goes, let me ask - who or what is establishing morality and ethics standards in our schools and society these days? Why does it appear that as God's lessons are taken out of the schools, the behavior of society is getting worse? Who is teaching them what is right or good? I fear the answer is "no one."

John Gallagher

Colorado Springs

   

Consider many more options

Instead of locking into an idea that the majority don't seem to want - a toll road - I would suggest that some other options be considered.

How about a high-occupancy vehicle lane (HOV) lane? That would encourage users to economize by doubling up and might cut down on the traffic in the other lanes and at the least would exclude trucks. Another idea that I have seen back east, is to designate a truck lane which leaves the other two lanes for cars only.

Or, without getting into a total control environment, how about tickets for obstructing flow for the seriously slow drivers that are the cause of much of the stop and go in the morning commute?

Just widening the emergency lane to enable immediate withdrawal of wrecks and breakdowns would really help smooth things out as well. The long back up after a simple two or three car fender bender is something that should be able to be resolved. Maybe a change in police procedures that keeps the officers from parking their vehicles in the active traffic lane after the obstruction has been removed?

In any case there are many more options to be considered before we start throwing tax money into one unpopular solution.

Michael S. Welsh

Colorado Springs

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