Westside Briefs:
Chipseal for Holland Park Blvd.

       Holland Park Boulevard received a chipseal/fogseal overlay in a project by the Colorado Springs Street Division over the past two weeks.

A City Street Division vehicle lays chipseal onto freshly poured oil along Holland Park Boulevard July 12.
Westside Pioneer photo

       Chipseal is a coating that may not last quite as many years as regular asphalt, but looks the same (after the fogseal coating that seals in the chips). The surface is considerably less expensive to apply than traditional asphalt, can provide better traction and is generally used in cases where the road surface is not in extremely bad condition, city officials have previously explained.
       In the case of Holland Park Boulevard, the main street through Holland Park, the old asphalt “was starting to show some cracking, but there weren't any low spots that we needed to tear up and do a complete overlay on,” explained Mark Payne, the Street Division's resurfacing supervisor.
       An upcoming chipseal project will be on Moreno Street between Eighth Street and Lower Gold Camp Road. The chipseal should provide “a little better traction” for vehicles on the hilly segment of Moreno just west of Eighth Street, Payne said.
       The timing and type of treatment received by all roads citywide is based on a street-by-street rating called the pavement quality index, Payne said.
       GHM start for CASA ride
       A bicycle ride to support CASA of the Pikes Peak region will start at the Gold Hill Mesa Community Center and follow a 41.4-mile route to Victor Saturday, July 28.
       Most riders will be starting between 6 and 7 a.m., according to the event website.
       CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates, which seeks to ensure that children's interests are properly represented in the courtroom.
       The cost to ride is $75 a person. For more information, go to casabikeforhope.com.
       CSU conservation session
       “Low Water Bulletproof Trees” is the subject of free information sessions by Colorado Springs Utilities at its Conservation Center, 2855 Mesa Road, Tuesday, July 24 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 28 from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
       Reservations are not required; however, seating is limited on a first-come, first-served basis.
       Fatal accident at 31st&24
       An accident at Highway 24 and 31st Street the evening of July 14 resulted in the death of a motorcyclist.
       Jeffrey Baker, 52, of Aurora died two days later, according to a Colorado State Patrol press release.
       The release states that Baker's Harley-Davison hit a Lincoln from behind, causing the bike to swerve and roll. The two vehicles had both been going eastbound on Highway 24 approaching 31st.
       “Inattentive to driving and following too close are factors in this crash,” the release states, and adds that the passenger on the motorcycle suffered “moderate injuries.”

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