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.
Construction Update 5/2/2018
Kiewit construction crews will be completing punch list items from the 2017 2A Street Improvement Project beginning this spring. Canon City residents should expect to see intermittent temporary lane restrictions as punch list items are completed. Remaining work includes infrared heat treat at water valves, finishing manholes and joints, touch-up shoulder work, and landscaping. Completing required punch list items will begin mid-May and wrap up in late summer.
2A Street Improvement Project 2018 Status
City Council has chosen this year to return to the traditional Design/Bid/Build process (Resolution 5-2018) as well as complete the work in smaller projects, making it more competitive for local contractors.
This change in process has caused a small delay and change in scope for 2018.
This year the following streets will get reconstructed:
- Field Ave – Central Ave to High Street
- Park Ave – 9th Street to 12th Street
Construction should take place late summer to early fall.
Street Improvement Fund for the Year Ended December 31, 2017
Independent Auditor's Report
Street Improvement Fund
Statement of Revenues and Expenditures