Public Works Operations & Maintenance Division

2C Paving Updates 6/17/19

Paving

Last week (week of June 10) crews finished paving the following sections of roadway.

Street

From

To

CONEJOS ST S

CIMINO DR

LAS ANIMAS ST W

LANDMARK LN

CHELTON RD

FOUNTAIN BLVD

ZEBULON DR

VERDE DR

CHELTON RD

ROCKHURST BLVD

DEAD END

MONTEBELLO DR

FEDERAL DR

INTERQUEST PKWY

VOYAGER PKWY

FIRST ST

EL PASO ST

CENTURY ST

CENTURY ST

FOURTH ST

FIRST ST

AUSTIN BLUFFS PKWY

RANGEWOOD DR

E WOODMEN RD

This week crews are paving the following sections of roadway. (weather permitting)

Street

From

To

SINTON RD

GARDEN OF THE GODS RD

W FILLMORE ST

LYNN AV

CHEYENNE RD E

SOUTHGATE RD

OURAY AV

CHEYENNE RD E

LYNN AV

Concrete

Last week (Week of June 10) crews finished concrete work on the following sections of roadway.

Street

From

To

ALVARADO DR

FOUNTAIN BLVD

VERDE DR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2C paving update 6/11/19

Paving

Last week (week of June 3, 2019) crews finished paving work on:

Street

From

To

WAHSATCH AV S

BROOKSIDE ST E

CHEYENNE RD E

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN ZOO RD

CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN BLVD W

DEAD END

This week (June 10, 2019) crews expect to finish paving on the following segments (weather permitting)

Street

From

To

AUSTIN BLUFFS PKWY

RANGEWOOD DR

E WOODMEN RD

FEDERAL DR

INTERQUEST PKWY

VOYAGER PKWY

ROCKHURST BLVD

DEAD END

MONTEBELLO DR

CONEJOS ST S

CIMINO DR

LAS ANIMAS ST W

LANDMARK LN

CHELTON RD

FOUNTAIN BLVD

LYNN AV

CHEYENNE RD E

SOUTHGATE RD

OURAY AV

CHEYENNE RD E

LYNN AV

Milling

Milling operations (scraping up old pavements) is expected to take place this week (June 10, 2019) on these segments (weather permitting)

Street

From

To

CENTURY ST

FOURTH ST

FIRST ST

FIRST ST

EL PASO ST

CENTURY ST

SINTON RD

GARDEN OF THE GODS RD

W FILLMORE ST

Concrete

This week (June 10, 2019) crews expect to finish concrete work on the following segments (weather permitting)

Street

From

To

RESEARCH PKWY

WOLF RECREATION PT

POWERS BLVD

ALVARADO DR

FOUNTAIN BLVD

VERDE DR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

174.45 lane miles scheduled for fourth year of 2C-funded paving

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The fourth year of 2C-funded paving operations is now underway with an estimated 174.45 lane miles scheduled to be paved in 2019. Today, Mayor John Suthers, City Councilmember David Geislinger and several city and community leaders kicked off the 2019 2C paving season at a special event on Austin Bluffs Parkway.

In 2015, voters passed ballot item 2C, which is a five-year 0.62 percent sales tax that generates roughly $50 million a year and is dedicated solely to roadway infrastructure repairs. From 2016-2018, the 2C program resurfaced 677.54 lane miles and is expected to surpass its initial goal of 1,000 paved lane miles by the close of 2020. Significant concrete work – an essential component of roadway maintenance – has also been completed from 2016-2018, including approximately 93 miles of curb and gutter, nearly 18 football fields of sidewalk and more than 3,400 new and retrofitted pedestrian ramps.

“With the third year of historic road work under voter-approved Ballot Measure 2C in the books and the fourth season now starting, we remain committed to improving the trajectory of our city’s transportation infrastructure,” said Mayor Suthers. “We have already repaved nearly 700 miles of roadway under 2C, but in a city with more than 5,900 lane miles and counting, much work remains to be done.”

The city has contracted again with Martin Marietta Materials and Schmidt Construction to pave an estimated 174.45 lane miles for the 2019 paving season, which will bring the four-year total to 851.99 lane miles. This season’s paving work officially began on April 29 with milling operations. The 2019 2C-funded paving list is available here: https://coloradosprings.gov/sites/default/files/inline-images/2019_2c_overlay_notification_w_zipcouncil_new.pdf.

Concrete work for 2019 also continues with the same local companies that have provided pre-overlay concrete work since 2016. Those companies are AA Construction Company, Inc.; Blue Ridge Construction, Inc.; CMS of Colorado Springs, Inc.; Even-Preisser, Inc.; and Trax Construction, Inc.

Planned concrete work for 2019 is on schedule and projected to be complete in late summer. Upon completion of the 2019 concrete program, crews will focus on the 2020 list as funds are available. Crews will conduct concrete repair work simultaneously with paving operations as weather permits.

See the attached fact sheet for more information about 2C-funded projects and oversight and visit www.coloradosprings.gov/2c for more information.

Circle Drive Bridges Project

Background

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Photo of circle bridges where project will be done.

Circle Drive Bridges

The eastbound and westbound lanes of Circle Drive east of Interstate-25, between Janitell Road to the south and Monterey Road to the north, are carried on a total of four bridges consisting of two sets of twin structures. At more than 800 feet long in total and 60 feet above Fountain Creek, the structures carry two lanes of traffic in both directions. They span over Fountain Creek, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, the FMIC (Irrigation), Las Vegas Street, Hancock Expressway, and the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail.

Project Background

The Circle Drive Bridges were originally built in 1963. Over the past several years the City has used available funding toward rehabilitation to keep these bridges in service. As they have exceeded their 50-year service life, the City initiated a study to determine if the bridges should be rehabilitated or replaced.

Phase I: Rehab or Replace?

The first objective of the study was to identify the best rehabilitation and replacement solutions that will result in the longest life for the bridges. Each option needed to meet current design requirements while incorporating both initial construction costs and long-term operations and maintenance costs. These two alternatives were then compared against one another to determine which solution is the best long-term investment for the City of Colorado Springs. This analysis took place in 2018.

Phase II: It’s Time to Rebuild

After several in-depth analyses during Phase 1, an evaluation of initial capital and a review of overall life-cycle costs, the City determined that replacing the bridges is the best solution. Given the extensive degradation of the existing structures, the rehabilitation option would be more expensive while not fully providing for the desired structural capacity.  Based on their current condition, and as the bridges have exceeded their 50-year service life, a design process for a complete replacement of the bridges is now underway.

The project team is working to further evaluate the span configuration, identify roadway typical section and traffic phasing, and develop a cost-effective design that will facilitate a successful replacement. We want to make sure that the new bridges perform better and are safer for the community.  Funding for the project design is included as a “Priority A” capital project under the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA).

What’s Next?

The final design of the new bridges is expected to be completed between late 2020 and early 2021.  Construction start is yet to be determined, but once started it is anticipated to last approximately two years.  During this time, the public may experience traffic impacts, such as detours, lane shifts and minimized speeds.

Resources

Stay Informed

An Open House to introduce the project and obtain public feedback took place Thursday, April 25, 2019 at Solid Rock Christian Life Center, 2520 Arlington Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80910.

Public Open House Materials

Give your feedback: 

Take Our Online Survey

Notifications

Sign-up for the latest project information and notices of the public meeting by sending an email requesting to be added to the project database to Carolyn@bachmanpr.com

Project Contacts

City Project Manager

Ryan Phipps
719-385-5069
rphipps@springsgov.com

 

Student Ambassador Program

Through the Circle Drive Bridges Student Ambassador Program, the project team is working with students from Harrison High School to inform the public and obtain input that will result in a better overall project reflective of the needs and desires of the community. The student ambassadors are educating the community about the project and gathering feedback while being introduced to the planning and design process.

The student ambassadors were selected to be part of this program due to their interest in road construction, engineering and public communications. They spent an entire day touring the project and visiting with the project engineers to learn about the project. More than 15 students are participating in this program.

 

City to Host Open House for South Rockrimmon Reconstruction Project

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The public is invited to an open house to review the final plans for the South Rockrimmon Reconstruction project. Details for the meeting are:

Date:               Monday, April 1

Time:              5:30–7 p.m.

Location:        Rockrimmon Library

The project will focus on:

  • the reconstruction of South Rockrimmon Boulevard’s deteriorating pavement
  • upgrading concrete curbs and gutters
  • upgrading ADA pedestrian ramps
  • improving drainage between Vindicator and Pro Rodeo Drive

City staff and other project team members will be available to review reconstruction details and answer questions. There will not be a formal presentation, so the community is invited to stop by at any time to view displays and provide feedback. Construction is expected to begin April 8 and extend through October.

The $5.5 million project is funded primarily by the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority, with $839,000 also coming from the City’s Capital Improvements Program fund. For more information contact Public Works at 719-385-5411 or visit https://coloradosprings.gov/rockrimmonreconstruct.

Event dates

Location Rockrimmon Library (map)
832 Village Center Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80919
Date/Time Monday, April 1, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

South Rockrimmon Reconstruction Project

About the Project

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photo of rockrimmon blvd

South Rockrimmon Boulevard.

Reconstruction of South Rockrimmon Boulevard between Vindicator and Pro Rodeo Drive is expected to begin April 8 and finish October 2019.

The reconstruction will improve safety and travel by creating a smooth road surface, address drainage issues, and improve pedestrian walkways through curb and gutter improvements. Schmidt Construction is the contractor on the project.

Project Details

  • ADA ramp installation at intersections
  • Sidewalk repairs in localized areas
  • Curb, gutter and cross pan removals and replacements where warranted
  • Inlet installation to improve drainage
  • Median removals to improve roadway drainage
  • Roadway profile adjustments in localized areas to improve drainage

Traffic and Construction Phases

South Rockrimmon Boulevard will remain open for traffic, with one lane traveling in each direction. Motorists should anticipate delays and expect lane switches throughout the duration of the project. Short-term intersection, alley and driveway closures will also occur. Access to all businesses will be provided.

Residents are encouraged to utilize the city's Cone Zone map and the mobile app Waze during the construction process.

Construction will occur in phases, however, all work is weather-dependent, and schedules are subject to change.

Project Cost

A total of $5.5 million has been allocated for this project.

The Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority is funding $4,661,000, and $839,000 is funded through the City's general fund for Capital Improvement.

Contact Information

For more information call 719-385-5411 or email City_Operations_and_Maintenance@springsgov.com.

Public Involvement

Open House

A community open house is scheduled for Monday, April 1 from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. at the Rockrimmon Library.

Project team members will be available to review reconstruction details and answer questions. There will not be a formal presentation, so the community is invited to stop by any time to view displays and provide feedback. Construction is expected to begin April 8 and extend through October 2019.

Why doesn't the City plow neighborhood streets?

It’s a question we get from time to time after it snows. It’s understandable when getting down your street is the toughest part of your drive on a snowy day.  Our city has just shy of 6,000 lane miles (enough to drive from here to Italy), and the majority of those are residential streets. Public works must prioritize and address major arterials and key routes that reach schools and hospitals.  

To be clear, the City will plow neighborhoodA geographic sub-area within the city that contains but is not limited to residential land uses. The extent of a neighborhood is variable and may be defined by tradition, organizational boundaries, period of building and development, or subdivision patterns. Neighborhood boundaries may include such features as major streets or other physical elements. streets when there is more than 6” of snow - after snowfall has ceased and primary and secondary routes are cleared and safe for travel, but it’s going to take some time.  During major snow events with more than 12” of snow accompanied by prolonged freezing temperatures, 4x4 plows may be simultaneously deployed to clear residential streets. Working against Mother Nature takes patience. 

Getting to the point of plowing residential streets is admittedly rare, so let’s talk about a typical snow storm in Colorado Springs. During a full call-out, 40 plows get to work on plowing roughly 1,600 miles, primarily to plow safe pathways for emergency vehicles, while prioritizing school bus routes and major thoroughfares where the most cars drive.  Each plow covers a 40-mile route until active snow stops and roads are in fairly good condition (which could be several shifts), before moving on to secondary roadways.

If we wanted to plow all streets including residential, we would need 110 more plows at a cost of $250,000 each. That’s at least $27.5 million up front. Yearly maintenance for each plow and salaries for additional drivers totals $6.6M. This simply could not be done without a new funding source or major cuts to other city services. Considering that most of the time those extra plows would sit idle (we typically have 2-3 major snow events each year), it wouldn’t be a good investment. We are dedicated to ensuring taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and do the most to maintain our infrastructure.

The good news is, unlike places such as the Midwest and Northeast where continuously freezing temperatures are the norm, Colorado Springs has typically mild weather and abundant sunshine. Plows are called out relatively few times per year, and snow tends to melt pretty quickly.

That said, after main routes are done and the snow has stopped, if you have a neighborhood hot spot (steep, shady hill that never melts, for example) report it using the GoCoSprings app or submit a street maintenance request online. In the meantime, next time you see a snow plow driver give them a wave - and some space. It’s not an easy job and we thank them for their hard work to make our roads safe.

Read also: Snow Plow Routes Explained and Snow Plow Information

Snow Plow Routes Explained

Snow Plow Safety

The City of Colorado Springs includes more nearly 6,000 lane miles of roadway. If you put all those lanes end to end, they would stretch from Colorado Springs to Rome, Italy. Maintaining all that roadway during severe winter weather is a challenge, but our Public Works Operations and Maintenance Division is up to the task!

 

To keep snow and ice control at a reasonable cost and to ensure crews can keep vital roads and emergency routes clear,  the City has to prioritize the order streets are treated. We’ve established primary and secondary snow routes to address our city’s emergency routes, major thoroughfares and streets connecting neighborhoods to the major thoroughfares.

Primary routes are multi-lane roads with large volumes of traffic or hospital access. Examples include Woodmen Road, Academy Blvd., Union Blvd., Platte Ave., South Chelton Road, etc. Those roads are treated first.  

Keep in mind that state highways and interstates are maintained by C-DOT, not City snow crews. This includes I-25, Highway 24 and Powers Blvd.

Once primary routes are passable, crews start on secondary routes. They include school access streets and collector streets that serve as the main connections between neighborhoods and primary roads.  

If there is continuous snowfall, the Primary routes may have to be plowed more than once, which will delay the response on secondary streets.  

Residential streets are only treated when at least six inches of snow accumulates and the primary and secondary routes have been cleared and the snow has stopped falling.

To learn more about the City’s snow response, visit coloradosprings.gov/snow.

Please note: Vehicles left on public streets will be towed and stored at the owners’ expense.  It is essential to keep stranded cars off of the streets to allow for snow plows and emergency vehicles to pass.  Motorists who feel they won’t be able to make it all the way home should pull into a parking lot if possible.  
 

2C Paving Ahead of Schedule and Under Budget at the End of Three Years

The third year of 2C paving is nearly complete. So far, the five-year paving plan is ahead of schedule and under budget.

Over the past three years, crews have paved nearly 700 lane miles. That leaves around 300 lane miles of the 1,000 promised when voters passed ballot measure 2C back in 2015. That's a great start, but with almost 6,000 lane miles of roadway in Colorado Springs, a lot of work remains. Still, drivers are already seeing an improvement in our roadways.

 “With the 2C initiative now more than halfway complete, we are really seeing the positive impact of this $50 million a year investment in our local infrastructure,” said Mayor John Suthers. “The funding from this critical local ballot measure has resurfaced nearly 700 lane miles since 2016, and while there is still much work to be done, 2C has allowed us to take important steps to improve the overall condition of our streets.”

Finishing up 2018 paving

This year, crews expect to finish paving by Oct. 26, as long as the weather cooperates. They are actively putting the final touches on four sections of roadway.

  • 24th Street from the cul-de-sac at the northeast end of the street to Pikes Peak Ave.
  • Walnut Street from Boulder Boulevard Colorado Avenue
  • Institute Street from San Rafael Street to Cache la Poudre Street
  • North Carefree Circle from Peterson Road to Oro Blanco Drive

North Carefree is the longest stretch of 2C paved road. 

Getting a head start on next year

Paving crews are already getting a jump on 2019 paving, and so far, they have finished 18 percent of the concrete work for next year. Concrete work, like redoing curbs and gutters, is an essential step before paving can begin. Starting now means paving will be able to start as soon as the weather permits next spring.

Any flaws in concrete can result in water getting under the new pavement. That results in damage to the new pavement and shortens its lifespan.

Concrete work also includes sidewalks and pedestrian ramps. When the City paves a road, it also has to bring sidewalks and pedestrian ramps into compliance with current ADA standards.

Efficient use of taxpayer money

The City keeps tax revenues generated by 2C’s 0.62 percent sales tax in a separate fund. That money pays only for repaving and the required concrete work that goes with it.

Any money that's left over after the five years will still fund paving projects only.

A citizen committee meets quarterly to review 2C operations, expenditures and quality control. You can track 2C revenues and expenditures using OpenBudget

Paving Updates: Carefree Circle, Briargate Pkwy, Inspiration Dr

Paving

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people and asphalt roller working on briargate parkway at night

Night paving work on Briargate Parkway

Last week (September 8-14) 2C paving crews completed paving on the following areas:
  • Carefree Circle N (city limit east to Pederson Road)
  • Briargate Parkway (Powers Blvd to Union Blvd)
  • Inspiration Drive (Carefree Circle N to Carefree Circle S)

 

This week (Sept 17-23)* crews expect to finish:

  • Mark Dabling Blvd (Corporate Dr to Rockrimmon Blvd)
  • Briargate Parkway (Lexington Dr to Voyager Pkwy)
  • Interpark Drive (private property north to Cul De Sac)
  • Inspiration Drive (Carefree Circle S to Rio Vista Dr)

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large asphalt roller paving new street

Briargate Parkway night paving

This week (Sept 17-23)* crews expect to continue work on: 

  • Carefree Circle N (Powers Blvd to Oro Blanco Dr)

 

This week (Sept 17-23)* crews expect to start milling and paving on:

  • Briargate Parkway ( Union Blvd to Lexington Dr)

 

Concrete

Last week (September 8-14) 2C crews finished concrete work on:

  • Institute St N (San Rafael St E to Astrozon Blvd)
  • Criterion Drive (Research Pkwy to Chapel Hills Drive)
  • Jamboree Circle (Jamboree Drive to Jamboree Drive)

 

This week (Sept 17-23)* crews expect to finish concrete work on:

  • Astrozon Court (cul-de-sac to Astrozon Blvd)
  • Executive Drive (cul-de-sac to Janitell Rd E)
  • Union Blvd (Charity Dr to Research Pkwy)
  • Carefree Circle N (Oro Blanco Dr to Academy Blvd N)

 

This week (Sept 17-23)* crews expect to continue concrete work on:

  • Ouray Ave (Cheyenne Rd E to Lynn Ave)
  • Mirage Dr (Chapel Hills Dr to Union Blvd)
  • Executive Circle (Janitell Rd E to Janitell Rd E)
  • Sand Creek Dr (Airport Rd to Airport Rd)
  • Carefree Circle W (Carefree Circle N to Village Rd S)
  • Nevada Ave (I-25 concrete to Eagle Rock Rd)
  • Union Blvd (Briargate Pkwy to Charity Dri)
  • 21st St S (Colorado Ave W to Cimarron St)

 

This week (Sept 17-23)* crews expect to start concrete work on:

  • Janitell Rd E (Circle Rd S to Janitell Rd)

 

*Project projections are subject to change depending on weather and other conditions.