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Letter: Skeptical of Utilities' cooperation with City Streets

       Editor's note: The Westside Pioneer article posted an article Feb. 18 under the headline, “King town hall to include 'No Man's Land' issues.” It included City Council President Keith King's desire that all underground work (including Colorado Springs Utilities) get completed west of 31st Street before Colorado Avenue gets paved in a Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (RTA) project expected to start in 2015. A Colorado Springs Utilities spokesperson was quoted in the article that “the enterprise and city officials meet quarterly to synch up on major work, but sometimes when emergencies arise tearing up existing streets is unavoidable.”
       In response, Pioneer reader Kurt Foster submitted the following letter:

       Yeah, right. In July 2010, there was a complete chipseal resurfacing of 31st Street north of Colorado Avenue through Pleasant Valley. [See Westside Pioneer archived photo.] The work was done by the City Street Division using RTA funds. The division's “2010 Year End Report” states that a total of 44,591 square yards of paving material was used. That December, Utilities came and trenched through much of the new segment (from Colorado to Platte Avenue) to replace a sewer main. See Westside Pioneer archived article/photo. This sort of thing has been a standing joke everywhere, since forever.
       I have a vague recollection of hearing about something like this when I was a kid, as a final item on the national news -- so long ago, it might even have been the "Huntley-Brinkley Report." The story was that some town in Sweden (I think it was) had gotten its main street paved -- the very first street to be paved in the town's history. The next week, it got dug up for utilities work.

       Kurt Foster

(Posted 2/28/14- Opinion: Letters)

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