Colorado Avenue repairs west of 31st prelude to major 'Gateway Project'El Paso County Public Services began filling potholes Tuesday, April 14 on Colorado Avenue between 31st Street and the Highway 24 overpass in Manitou Springs.
Providing “badly needed maintenance” to the road surface, the work on the 1.3- mile segment should be done within the week, a county spokesperson said.
Ownership of that part of the avenue was recently transferred to the county by the Colorado Department of Transportation, in conjunction with a formal intergovernmental agreement (IGA) involving the county, Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs.
A major project is scheduled along the same stretch of road, kicking off with utility relocations this fall. This will require a new, cost-sharing IGA that includes Colorado Springs Utilities (and will require approvals from county and city elected officials), according to County Public Services Director Andre Brackin. The IGA details are being worked out and should be ready for approval by late summer, he said.
The $16 million “Gateway Project,” as a press release calls it, will primarily be funded as a voter-approved, Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority A-list project.
The current repairs were deemed necessary “with the start date on the larger project still months away,” the release states.
Westside Pioneer/press release