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Budgets fall behind as projects back up

Budgets fall behind as projects back up

It’s been said Colorado has two seasons: winter and construction. Winter is over, and heavy machinery and hard hats can be seen almost everywhere around Colorado Springs. Despite the volume of active and pending road and bridge projects, the funding needed to merely keep up with regional infrastructure demands is nowhere in sight, experts say.… Continue Reading Budgets fall behind as projects back up

The Colorado Department of Transportation announced Thursday the apparent successful proposing team of Kraemer North America, LLC and Tsiouvaras Simmons Holderness to reconstruct the Interstate 25/Cimarron Street interchange. “At $116.1 million, this will be the second largest highway construction project in the Pikes Peak region since COSMIX — the reconstruction of I-25, was completed in… Continue Reading CDOT selects I-25/Cimarron design-build contractor team

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Powers corridor sees significant growth

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Powers corridor sees significant growth

Eventually, Powers Boulevard will extend to Interstate 25 from Colorado 83, a paper corridor now home to native grasses and antelope. Classic Homes donated the right of way for one mile of the four-mile extension corridor to be built north of 83 to move traffic west to eventually hook to the interstate. The focus of… Continue Reading Powers corridor sees significant growth

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Outlook: Cheap gas for ’15

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Outlook: Cheap gas for ’15

Thanks to an abundance of competition, gas prices in Colorado Springs are typically less per gallon than the price of gas elsewhere in Colorado, according to AAA Colorado spokeswoman Wave Dreher. “A lot of that is competition,” Dreher said. “You have a variety of different suppliers in Colorado Springs. “In some parts of the state,… Continue Reading Outlook: Cheap gas for ’15

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CDOT expects to launch ‘Bustang’ by spring

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CDOT expects to launch ‘Bustang’ by spring

The Colorado Department of Transportation announced this week the anticipated launch of Bustang, Colorado’s first state-owned and -operated bus system connecting Colorado Springs to Fort Collins and Denver to Glenwood Springs. Buses will run during the work week and provide transportation along the Interstate-25 corridor as well as mountain corridors accessed via Interstate 70. Bustang… Continue Reading CDOT expects to launch ‘Bustang’ by spring

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Transportation Improvement Program amendment increases Cimarron interchange budget

The Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments has approved an amendment to its Transportation Improvement Program, adding $20 million additional Regional Priority Project funds to the Interstate 25/Cimarron Interchange project budget. “These additional RPP funds were necessary to bridge the budget shortfall based on the current construction industry bidding environment affecting transportation projects across the… Continue Reading Transportation Improvement Program amendment increases Cimarron interchange budget

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Flight training school experiences big growth

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Flight training school experiences big growth

Peak Aviation Center, through the acquisition of two aircraft over the past several months, has grown rapidly to become the county’s largest civilian flight instruction school. Since beginning in 2006 with four employees and 2,000 annual flight training hours, owners Allen Mathews and Pat Carlile have grown the operation to 16 employees, 4,000 flight training… Continue Reading Flight training school experiences big growth

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Community invited to provide input on regional transit

Mountain Metropolitan Transit and the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments are conducting a community meeting Aug. 28 from 4-6 p.m. at the City Administration Building, Room 102. The general public is invited to help shape the future of regional transportation in the Pikes Peak area. Input is needed to guide future planning for the… Continue Reading Community invited to provide input on regional transit

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Ride-sharing not friends with transport companies

Uber Technologies and Lyft, both San Francisco-based giants in the ride-sharing industry, have expanded to Colorado Springs over the past several months. Ride-share businesses allow consumers to hail rides from everyday people who use their personal vehicles in exchange for fares. The connection is made via a smartphone app and the costs rival, and often… Continue Reading Ride-sharing not friends with transport companies

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Springs could lose silver bike-friendly status

There is great bicycling in Colorado Springs, cycling enthusiasts almost universally agree. But is it enough to maintain the city’s Bicycle-Friendly Community silver status? Internationally, there are diamond cities. The highest ranking in the United States so far is platinum, followed by gold, silver, bronze and honorable mention. “Communities have been downgraded before,” said Steve… Continue Reading Springs could lose silver bike-friendly status

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