Project is in final drawing stages

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If all goes according plan, people walking in downtown Monument won’t have to be concerned with falling in ditches or getting sideswiped by automobiles anymore.

The town of Monument is in the final stages of putting together plans for its downtown sidewalk project. According to Tom Kassawara, the town’s director of development services, once the plans are approved the town will accept bids for the project. Construction likely will begin next May and run through October.

“Safety is the key thing,” Kassawara said. “We’d like to have a person who lives at Washington and Fourth Street to be able to walk downtown without walking on the street or in a ditch.”

The project was first approved by the Monument board of trustees in February. Jacob’s Engineering Group is responsible for the surveying and engineering design for the project. The surveying will determine right-of-way boundaries and the design for drainage improvements that must be done in order to install the curbs and gutters.

Jacob’s Engineering Group has worked with the town before.

The town held an open house on Sept. 9 for downtown business owners and downtown residents. Kassawara said that about 20 folks showed up to look at drawings and ask questions.

“If people want to call me or email me they can do so,” Kassawara said. “I’m happy to talk with them and give them the facts.”

The project is being funded through federal grant money. The town of Monument received a grant to install the sidewalks through the Transportation Improvement Program that is given by the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments.

The amount of the grant was for $780,000. The town is required to put in 20 percent of matching funds. The total cost of the project is $975,000 which means the town’s matching fund will be $195,000. The funding is spread out over four years, from 2013 to 2016.

“Most of our contribution is being paid in the beginning,” Kassawara said.

There are two phases for the project. The first phase is completing sidewalks for Second and Third streets, Jefferson and Washington streets and Front Street. The second phase will be sidewalks on Colorado Highway 105 from the New Santa Fe Trailhead to Second Street.

“The wetlands may make things a bit more difficult,” Kassawara said.

You can reach Kassawara at 719-481-2954 or email him at tkassawara@townofmonument.net.

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