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26th Street latest major Westside roadway to get prepped for overlay

       Started in early July, concrete work - as well as asphalt repair - along 26th Street is expected to be completed in early August.
       City Street Division information shows that the work is part of a “pre-overlay concrete repair program” to prepare 26th for a paving overlay in
In a photo looking south along the 500-600 block of South 26th Street Aug. 3, AA Construction crews work on asphalt and concrete replacements as part of prep work for a future paving overlay. Traffic has been kept open both ways on 26th, despite the project - but the less-traveled Robinson Street (as seen at left) has been closed at times.
Westside Pioneer photo
2016 between Highway 24 and Lower Gold Camp Road. Its last overlay was with chipseal in 2004.
       Funded through the maintenance program of the sales-tax-supported Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority, the work is occurring along both sides of 26th between the highway and roughly Westend Avenue, south of which there are no sidewalks or curbs.
       Performed by a contractor, AA Construction, the work includes as-needed replacements of broken sidewalks, curbs, gutters and driveway pans, plus the construction of handicapped-access ramps at corners that didn't have them. The asphalt is being dug up, reinforced and patched in parts of the street that have shown signs of failing, a project foreman explained.
       Along with other roadways being fixed this year - several of them on the Westside - 26th Street was prioritized under a city strategy to focus available maintenance funding on busier streets, according to a previous interview this year with Michael Hensley, the city's Street Division program supervisor.
       Below is the list of all Westside streets that the Street Division has worked on or plans to work on this year that are listed for overlays in 2016. (Note: Hensley cautioned that the overlay schedule will not be certain until City Council finalizes the 2016 budget later this year.)
       - King Street, from 30th to 19th and 19th from King to Mesa Road.
       - 26th Street, from Highway 24 to Lower Gold Camp.
       - Uintah Street, from 19th Street to 30th Street.
       - Lower Gold Camp Road, from 21st Street to 26th Street.
       - Mesa Road, from Fillmore Street to Uintah Street.
       - Chestnut Street, from Fillmore to Buena Ventura Street.

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 8/3/15; Transportation Major Roads)

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