Ridgway's Streetscape measure passes

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By Bill Tiedje

Streetscape passes

Ridgway voters strongly approved the town entering into a $1.9 million ballot question for the Streetscape Downtown infrastructure project in the municipal election on Apr. 1.
With 220 votes in favor and 70 votes opposed, Measure A easily passed.
As described on the municipal ballot, this project would include but is not limited to: paved streets, sidewalks, curb, gutter, drainage, landscaping, lighting and Streetscape amenities.

Maximum repayment costs are also specified as $3.1 million on the ballot.
In October, the Colorado Department of Transportation awarded the Town of Ridgway $13.7 million under the Responsible Acceleration of Maintenance and Partnerships (RAMP) program which required a $2 million local cash match from the town.
The Streetscape bond would serve as local match for this larger project, which includes widening Highway 62 to three lanes in downtown Ridgway.
One hundred eighty citizens voted absentee or as early voters, who cast votes at Town Hall.
Unopposed town councilors up for re-election received the following votes: Rick Weaver, 239; Jim Kavanaugh, 220; and, Jason Gunning, 213.
Mayor John Clark, also unopposed, received 253 votes to start his second term in office.