Elizabeth to pave some dirt roads

Years of deterioration have resulted in problems with drainage

Tabatha Stewart
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 4/15/19

Town of Elizabeth trustees approved a contract with Core Consultants during their Feb. 26 meeting, moving forward with the design and paving of several roads within Elizabeth that have historically …

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Elizabeth to pave some dirt roads

Years of deterioration have resulted in problems with drainage

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Town of Elizabeth trustees approved a contract with Core Consultants during their Feb. 26 meeting, moving forward with the design and paving of several roads within Elizabeth that have historically been dirt roads.

Pine Ridge Road, South Pearl Street, Mobile Street and South Chestnut Street west of Elbert Street will get a makeover including curb and gutters, as well as paving the roads.

The streets have deteriorated over the years, causing problems with drainage. The improvements will come from the town’s streets capital improvement fund and the capital improvement project fund.

“Years ago it was the intent to pave those roads, but for whatever reason the project never got completed,” said Elizabeth Town Administrator Matt Kohrs. “Funding was passed by voter actions nearly two decades ago, and a lot has deteriorated so it’s time to design and pave them.”

Because the roads are not on flat ground, Core Consultants will be tasked with designing the new roads to include proper drainage, driveways, curbs and sidewalks. Kohrs said it’s not known yet whether the design will include sidewalks on both sides, but there will not be landscaping included.

“The design stage is very important in the process,” said Kohrs. “But overall the project will be pretty basic with asphalt streets and curbs and sidewalks.”

The design phase of the project could take up to a year, and will cost $466,000. Kohrs and employees from Core Consultants will be reaching out to people who live on those streets, seeking input and concerns, as well as letting residents know what to expect when construction begins. Residents can follow progress, and provide input on the Town’s newly designed website at www.townofelizabeth.org/projects/page/street-paving.

Once the design work is finished, Kohrs said they hope to begin the construction part of the project in spring of 2020, and finish by fall, depending on the weather. The hope is to be able to pave all the roads at the same time. Construction will cost about $4.5 million.

“I think people overall are going to be excited,” said Kohrs. “The roads need to be improved, with all the new growth. It needs to be done, and it’s the right thing to do.”

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