Cañon City voters approved a 1% increase in the City sales tax rate during the November 2016 election. The revenue generated from this sales tax will (A) solely be used by law for the purposes of repairing, reconstructing, and maintaining the streets in our City (B) cannot be spent on increasing internal government spending (C) will sunset in ten years and (D) will be subject to an independent audit and report that will be openly available to the public.
Based on a pavement study, 67% (66 miles) of City streets are beyond basic repair and maintenance and require repair or complete reconstruction, 8% (8 miles) are in fair condition, and 25% (25 miles) are satisfactory to excellent and only require on-going maintenance. As a result, Cañon City’s streets have a very poor Pavement Condition Index (PCI) rating of 37 while the national average is 66.
Cañon City has a current and detailed strategic plan to repair and reconstruct our streets up to national standards. The 1% sales tax increase will generate a $3.5 million/year fund exclusively dedicated to contracting out street repair and replacement projects in Cañon City.
The map below details the streets that will be under construction in 2017.
Summary of streets that will be under construction in 2017
- 1st Street/Mariposa Road (New York Avenue to Wild Rose Drive/Ptarmigan Trail)
- 10th Street (Royal Gorge Boulevard to Main Street)
- Whipple Avenue (5th Street to 10th Street)
- Fairview Avenue (5th Street to 10th Street)
- Washington Street (5th Street to 9th Street)
- Yale Place (College Avenue to Harding Avenue)
- South Street (Field Avenue)
- 16th Street (Franklin Avenue to Main Street)
- Greenwood Avenue (15th Street to 16th Street)
- East Main Street (Rainbow Drive to Berry Parkway)
- Orchard Avenue (Main Street to Royal Gorge Boulevard)
- Steinmeier Avenue (Main Street)
Respect the Cone Zone
Remember these driving tips to avoid a “sudden change in plans” and perhaps save a life – including your own!
Stay alert and minimize distractions
- Dedicate your full attention to the roadway
- Avoid changing the radio station, using your phone, eating, or other distractions that can remove your concentration from the road
Keep your headlights on
Pay attention to the road and “Listen to the signs”
- Watch brake lights on the vehicles ahead
- Watch traffic around you and be prepared to react
- Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone crashes
- Follow other vehicles at a safe distance (a safe distance is approximately two car lengths away)
Obey the posted Speed Limit
- Workers may be present just a few feet away
- Fines may be doubled – workers present or not – for moving traffic violations
- Be prepared to slow down further if conditions indicate the need
- Driving slowly will protect your vehicle from rough road conditions
Always follow the instructions from flaggers
- The flagger knows what is best for moving traffic safely in the work zone. A flagger has the same authority as a regulatory sign, so you can be cited for disobeying his or her directions
Don’t pass on the shoulder. Don’t drive across the median. This creates a very dangerous situation for you, construction workers and other motorists — not to mention the steep fine.
Be patient and remember better roads are ahead!
- Schedule enough time to drive safely to your destination. Check 2aStreets.com for detailed information on delays and travel impacts.
- Work zones aren’t there to personally inconvenience you. Remember, the work zone crew members are working to improve the road and make your future drive better!