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2C priority switch: 21st from Lower Gold Camp to Argus boosts Broadmoor

March 14, 2018; updated March 16
       2C work has returned to the Colorado Springs Westside.
       In this part of town's first project for 2018 under the city's sales-tax-funded
A crew works on concrete and street drainage improvements at the southeast corner of the intersection of 21st Street (also seen looking down the hill) and Lower Gold Camp Road.
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road repair program, a crew from AA Construction has started concrete upgrades on 21st Street between Lower Gold Camp Road and Argus Boulevard.
       Also planned to begin - later this month or early April - is digging under that part of 21st for a water-main replacement, according to Natalie Eckhart of Colorado Springs Utilities.
       Paving will follow the utility and concrete work, as is 2C policy.
       The Lower Gold Camp-to-Argus attention represents a priority change that will delay another 2C Westside project. It's also on 21st Street, between Colorado Avenue and Highway 24.
       Work there had been slated to start this month.
       What happened, according to Eckhart, was a recent administrative decision to complete the Lower Gold Camp-to-Argus segment in time for the Senior Open golf tournament at the Broadmoor in late June.
       Previously, that segment had been penciled in for later 2018, following a water-main replacement on the avenue-to-highway part of 21st Street. (See Westside Pioneer article at this link.)
       “We switched the order,” Eckhart said.
       An updated avenue-to-highway timetable is still under review, but with the switch, June now appears to be the earliest a Utilities crew could start there. Once under way, about three months will be needed for the main replacement, she said.
       As a result, depending on when the concrete work can occur, there could be a delay in the paving until the fall.
       Eckhart said she expects to have finalized schedule information before the end of March.
       2C is the name of the city-sponsored ballot measure that voters approved in the November 2015 election. It established a .62 percent sales tax over a five-year span (2016-2020).
       March 16 update: Responding to a Westside Pioneer e-mail, Ryan Phipps of City Engineering, the avenue-to-highway project manager, said he is aware of Utilities' change of plans for 21st, but is "still expecting to have [that part of] the road turned over to me in June."

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