These days, you’re liable to take a painfully slow drive down Manitou Avenue and notice orange barrels and cones stretching as far as the eye can see. And you’ll probably also notice the flashing lights of a Colorado State Patrol cruiser sitting somewhere along a construction zone. The sight of the Patrol cruisers have not escaped the attention of many in the public.

Manitou Avenue is owned by the state of Colorado. According to official CDOT documents, the state has a contract paying State Patrol officers to oversee and enforce state laws at construction zones, as well as provide a quick response time for on-site accidents. State Patrols are said to also act as a deterrence to disobedience of flag officials. Priority is given to State Patrol Troopers who sign up for this type of work in the form of overtime pay.

The CDOT contract of $64,400.00 is based on an average $92/hour or the average overtime pay of patrol officers assigned to the project. The project expects State Patrol officers to spend up to 700 hours monitoring Manitou Avenue. The contract is expected to be completed by June 30, 2017.

You can track CDOT projects in Manitou Springs by clicking THIS LINK.

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written by Paotie Dawson 

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