A budget crunch means the City of Colorado Springs will resurface 84 miles of road this year – 69 percent less than last year.
The combined 2009 City Streets Division and Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority budgets have been reduced by 51 percent, or $6 million, which means 189 fewer miles will be resurfaced.
And, while many potholes will remain unfilled, city officials offered this bit of solace: The patches on the ones that do get filled will be of better quality than last year.
“We are improving pothole construction processes and methods to increase the quality and longevity of each patch,” said Street Division Manager, Saleem Khattak. “By emphasizing quality over quantity, we may fill a fewer number of holes overall, but the patches should last longer and be smoother for drivers to go over.”