Aug 4, 2014 11:15 PM by Matt Prichard

Progress made on pothole problem

Drivers across Colorado Springs continue to feel the bumps in the road, as the process of fixing the city's pothole problem continues for the street division.

"We're really trying to concentrate on the worst-of-the-worst roads, a lot of the main arterials. So we can give most of the general driving public some really good roadways," said Streets Division Manager, Corey Farkas.

For people who bump along the roads daily though it's becoming a real concern, as they feel what progress has been made, hasn't made a difference.

"I don't see any reason why they shouldn't be getting something done! They start projects all over town, they never get finished, there's roads that still need a lot more work. So yeah, I don't see it getting fixed," said one Colorado Springs resident.

"Well yeah because I try and avoid them and that makes me look like I'm a drunk driver or something, so I'd rather have better roads than not," said another Colorado Springs resident.

But Farkas says they are putting a dent in the problem, despite what many might think.

"The progress has been really good. Our contractor is approximately 50% done with the original 1.5 million they were awarded. And we fully expect to award them the other $500,000 within the next month or so," said Farkas.

And when faced with the question of how long this project could take, Farkas says it's hard to say because of the amount of work ahead of them.

"This is a problem that took decades really to happen, it's not going to be fixed over night. We're doing our best, and again, it's a really good step in the right direction, but it's going to take some time," said Farkas.

Farkas adds that work will halt because of weather at the end of November, but will start back up in the Springs when conditions are more favorable. 


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