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2C street work bumping along 

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Because of a rainy and cool spring, Colorado Springs' street improvements aren't as far along as the city would like, but the city did accomplish 25 percent of the paving performed in 2015 in just two months, the city said last week.

"Next quarter," Mayor John Suthers said in a release, "in the prime of the summer, our residents will see even more progress."

The work is made possible by a voter-approved tax predicted to bring in $50 million annually for five years. However, the release said through May only $13.9 million had been collected. At that pace, the city is on track to collect about $33.4 million this year, though back-to-school and holiday shopping could boost that.

"We're asking people to be patient, and remember that this is an extremely important effort that will pay dividends in our city for years to come," Suthers said in the release.

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