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Work starts to replace asphalt with concrete on sections of Palmer Mesa Trail

      
A crew from project contractor Even-Preisser pours concrete in front of Holmes Middle School as work starts to upgrade the Palmer Mesa Trail under the voter- approved 2D ballot issue. The view looks north, with Mesa Road on the left.
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Work began in mid-July to upgrade sections of the roughly three-mile Palmer Mesa Trail, which follows Mesa Road between 30th and Uintah streets.
       Funded through the 2D ballot issue last November, the $380,000 project chiefly involves laying a concrete trail surface to replace deteriorating asphalt, according to Sarah Bryarly, a City Parks planner.
       The initial concrete work has been in front of Holmes Middle School, just south of Fillmore Street. It's part of a section that will continue north to the north end of the Colorado Springs Utilities Mesa water treatment plant, Bryarly explained. The facility is at the northeast corner of Fillmore Street and Mesa Road.
       For about a mile north from there, the 12-foot-wide trail "is not in bad condition,” Bryarly said, except for a short segment of concrete in the Kissing Camels neighborhood where settling has occurred and caused a trip hazard.
       Palmer Mesa's other section in which concrete will replace asphalt starts north from the Mesa Overlook. “From that point, we will go as far as our funding will allow,” Bryarly said. “We are hoping to get as far as the side connection to Mesa and 30th Street, but that might be a little too far.”
       Chris Lieber, parks development manager for City Parks, elaborated that the concrete replacement is limited to the old asphalt. “We do not have any immediate plans or funding to convert the gravel sections to concrete that extend south of Holmes,” he said.
       The project will include signage, which will also “help guide trail users onto adjacent connector trails,” Lieber said.
       2D was a city-requested ballot question, in which 71 percent of the voters agreed to give City Parks a total of $2.1 million in 2014 revenues in excess of Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) limits. Palmer Mesa was one of eight trails listed for upgrades in 2D.

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(Posted 7/23/16; Outdoors: General)

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