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2C program wraps up first year; 7 Westside street projects on 2017 list

A city street crew repaves a problem section in November in the westbound lane of Uintah Street west of 24th Street.
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With major paving projects finished for 2016 because cooler weather's coming, City Public Works has announced the street segments slated for overlay projects in 2017 under the 2C sales tax and other funds.
       The Westside streets are:
       - 26th Street from Cimarron Street to Colorado Avenue.
       - 26th Street from Cimarron Street to Lower Gold Camp Road.
       - Bear Creek Road from Bear Creek Place to Gold Camp Road.
       - Bear Creek Road from Bear Creek Place to Lower Gold Camp Road.
       - King Street from 30th Street to 19th Street.
       - Lower Gold Camp Road from 21st Street to 26th Street.
       - Naegele Boulevard from 21st Street to 25th Street bridge.
       Based on the scheduling for 2016, the city's 2017 paving will start when consistently warm weather picks up, probably in May.
       The scheduling is also subject to change, due to weather, emergencies or other reasons. For example, the Naegele segment had been originally slated for 2016.
       Westside streets that were paved this year consisted of all the roads in the Garden of the Gods; 19th Street, from King Street to Mesa Road; 21st Street, from Cimarron Street to Lower Gold Camp Road; Bijou Street, from Chestnut Street to I-25 ramp, Glenn Street, from 19th Street to Stepping Stones Way; and Wheeler Avenue, from Westend Avenue to 21st Street.
       Approved by city voters in 2015, the 2C road-repair program - funded by a .62- percent sales tax - started in 2016 and is to sunset after 2020. Over the five-year span, Public Works has designated 35 Westside street segments for paving overlays out of a master list of nearly 300 citywide.
       According to Michael Hensley, resurfacing program supervisor for City Public Works, the last curb-to-curb paving efforts were scheduled for completion in the week ending Nov. 12.
       This does not include the city's separately contracted Centennial Boulevard reconstruction project between Garden of the Gods Road and Chesham Circle. Paving of the southbound lanes there is tentatively planned to occur in the mid to latter part of November.
       Throughout the year, as weather permits, city crews will pave small street sections and fill potholes, Hensley noted. Workers on the Westside in mid-November were doing paving repairs on West Uintah Street and crack sealing on West Colorado Avenue.
       In all, according to a city report, the first year of 2C funding ended with 215 lane miles of newly paved roads. There was “significant headway on concrete work and paving efforts [and] our streets are beginning to show signs of positive change,” Mayor John Suthers said in a prepared statement. “The additional paving funded through 2C also allowed for our Public Works Department to dedicate other resources towards much needed maintenance on many of our roads that will help them to maintain their quality longer.”
       Looking ahead, contractors have already completed 40 percent of the work on the 2C concrete list for 2017, according to Cole Platt of Public Works.
       In response to questions about why concrete work has been part of 2C street repairs - when some citizens thought the tax was for paving only - a city press release explains as follows:
       “Curb and gutter work is required prior to repaving as any deficiency in this infrastructure creates risk of water and structural damage, which would significantly lessen the life span of any new streets.
       “Further, sidewalk work was completed ahead of paving to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which requires that any time a street is repaired or repaved, ADA accessibility must be brought up to current standards. To meet ADA requirements, contracted crews installed 218 new pedestrian ramps and repaired 237.”

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 11/14/16; Transportation: General)

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