As a follow-up to the Westside Pioneer's July 28 article on Gold Hill Mesa and the future four-laning of South 21st Street, a street-measurement correction and funding-responsibility clarification are necessary.
According to Kathleen Krager, senior traffic engineer for the city, the roadway after it is widened will consist of pavement 71 feet across, plus the width of curb, gutter and sidewalk.
She clarified that the Gold Hill Mesa development group is responsible for funding half of that construction. As stated in the article, Gold Hill's commitment is between Lower Gold Camp Road and Broadway Street.
Based on tentative city plans, the city would fund the other half (on the west side of the street) with Pikes Peak Rural Transpor-tation Authority (PPRTA) funding, assuming voters agree to continue the one-cent sales tax another 10 years as “PPRTA II,” as Krager calls it.
“How the street ends up being completed depends on the timing of Gold Hill Mesa and PPRTA II,” she said. “If possible, we will try to make all the improvements at one time.”