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May 30, 2011 7:38 PM by Bill Folsom

The long and short of paving Pikes Peak Highway

A group that did not want to see the road up Pikes Peak paved now would like to see the work finished sooner. It is scheduled for completion at the end of summer 2011. Organizers of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb would like the City of Colorado Springs to find a way to shift budget money to get it done this year.

Environmentalists sued to have the road paved to protect waterways from gravel that washes off the road. Hill climb supporters fought to keep it gravel because of the races long tradition of racing on dirt.

Now with no choice race leaders say it would help if the work could be completed this year. It is better to have either all paved or all gravel and right now the road is both. Bob Gillis, Chairman of the event says, "Now that it's paved at least partially paved, we kind of wish it'd get done because it's going to bring a lot of new style technology, fancier, faster, cars."

Race directors would like the new mayor and city council to look at budgets and see if there is a way to shift funding.

 

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