Douglas County took care of road work in Castle Pines before incorporation, but now the 5-year-old city is on its own and marking another first: Its first streets-maintenance plan is in place and a bid on the first batch of repairs to be done was unanimously approved at the June 11 city council meeting.
The project will be smaller than originally planned — 10 segments of roads instead of 15 segments, which means a total of about one mile of repairs involving about seven residential streets.
Schmidt Construction Co., out of Castle Rock, was the low bidder at $643,000. The company was awarded a contract, but only for $500,000. Because of the major snow removal costs so far this year — about $317,000 — Schmidt was instructed to decrease the work to fit within the $500,000, Brad Meyering, Castle Pines' public works, parks and open space manager, said at the meeting.
Meyering said in a recent interview that it will be nice to have some of the work done, although he wishes for a lot more.
“I wish I could do the entire city this year,” he said.
He said some of the streets are “in such disarray” that pavement needs major repair or replacement. He said the streets' asphalt, some of which is about 20 years old, wasn't thick enough to begin with to accommodate the area's original traffic loads.
He said Schmidt is expected to begin the project, which will take about 90 days, in late June or early July. Streets with the worst damage in about six different areas of the city are involved. Schmidt is to send out fliers in those areas to inform residents prior to commencing work. Meyering said he doesn't expect traffic issues or delays because the projects are on residential streets or side roads, not major streets or arterials.
Meyering said street improvements will continue every year. He said with the worst damage repaired this year, the city may be to cover more area next year with the same dollars, since those less-severe repairs will be less costly.
At the council meeting, Councilmember James Einolf said he supported doing the entire project and wondered if the city could find money elsewhere and suggested dipping into reserves.
“It's always a balancing act,” Castle Pines Mayor Jeffrey Huff said.
But Huff said that $817,000 — $500,000 for the roads and $317,000 for snow removal — was already a significant portion in the city's $3 million budget.