Avenue paving project ends smoothly happily

       A three-week asphalt saga has ended in Old Colorado City, leaving the historic shopping area with a black and smooth street and parking lots.
       The avenue paving project ended Sept. 18, a day ahead of schedule. The full extent was Walnut to 30th Street.
       Bob Syme, pavement manager for the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (RTA), said the success was the result of good weather, good fortune and steady, knowledgeable workers. Even Sept. 17, when there was a brief rain, “we just lost a couple of hours,” Syme said.
       Meetings with the city and merchants helped ease the impact of both the street and lot-paving projects, which by pure chance (because different city agencies were involved) initially had been scheduled at almost the same time - overlapping the business-sensitive Labor Day weekend.
       As it turned out, city crews finished paving the three lots first, before Labor Day, after which the city/ RTA-contracted Schmidt Construction started milling and paving the avenue starting from Walnut Street and moving west.
       The cost of the street paving (about $650,000) was paid by city/RTA funds, while the lot-paving (about $100,000) was covered by City Parking Administration income.

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