The third year of 2C paving is nearly complete. So far, the five-year paving plan is ahead of schedule and under budget.
Over the past three years, crews have paved nearly 700 lane miles. That leaves around 300 lane miles of the 1,000 promised when voters passed ballot measure 2C back in 2015. That's a great start, but with almost 6,000 lane miles of roadway in Colorado Springs, a lot of work remains. Still, drivers are already seeing an improvement in our roadways.
“With the 2C initiative now more than halfway complete, we are really seeing the positive impact of this $50 million a year investment in our local infrastructure,” said Mayor John Suthers. “The funding from this critical local ballot measure has resurfaced nearly 700 lane miles since 2016, and while there is still much work to be done, 2C has allowed us to take important steps to improve the overall condition of our streets.”
Finishing up 2018 paving
This year, crews expect to finish paving by Oct. 26, as long as the weather cooperates. They are actively putting the final touches on four sections of roadway.
- 24th Street from the cul-de-sac at the northeast end of the street to Pikes Peak Ave.
- Walnut Street from Boulder Boulevard Colorado Avenue
- Institute Street from San Rafael Street to Cache la Poudre Street
- North Carefree Circle from Peterson Road to Oro Blanco Drive
North Carefree is the longest stretch of 2C paved road.
Getting a head start on next year
Paving crews are already getting a jump on 2019 paving, and so far, they have finished 18 percent of the concrete work for next year. Concrete work, like redoing curbs and gutters, is an essential step before paving can begin. Starting now means paving will be able to start as soon as the weather permits next spring.
Any flaws in concrete can result in water getting under the new pavement. That results in damage to the new pavement and shortens its lifespan.
Concrete work also includes sidewalks and pedestrian ramps. When the City paves a road, it also has to bring sidewalks and pedestrian ramps into compliance with current ADA standards.
Efficient use of taxpayer money
The City keeps tax revenues generated by 2C’s 0.62 percent sales tax in a separate fund. That money pays only for repaving and the required concrete work that goes with it.
Any money that's left over after the five years will still fund paving projects only.
A citizen committee meets quarterly to review 2C operations, expenditures and quality control. You can track 2C revenues and expenditures using OpenBudget