Mar 27, 2014 7:19 PM by Leah Kraus

Mayor says pothole money from emergency fund is still needed

We've all seen them, and most of us have driven over them. The general consensus seems to be that Colorado Springs has a pothole problem.

However, there's a battle brewing over how the city will fix that problem and where the money will come from.

On Thursday, Steve Cox, Mayor Bach's Chief of Staff, said that the bulk of the four million dollars that the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority said was available for the city to use to fix potholes has been earmarked for other projects, but the invoices and contracts haven't cleared yet.

Cox says while some money could come from the PPRTA, the bulk of the two million dollar pothole fix should come from the city's emergency fund.

According to a press release from the city, they estimate the 2013 rollover for roadway maintenance, which includes potholes, is approximately $331,000.

It says "if funding were to now be transferred to repair additional potholes, it would defer essential maintenance in another area. Such deferred maintenance ultimately results in the higher cost and increased wear and tear on the roadway system."



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