Montrose street closing for improvements

In this image consisting of two photographs, a dozer rips apart asphalt at the intersection of South First Street and Cascade Avenue last September. New construction is set to begin Monday on South First Street west of Cascade Avenue, left, to Townsend Avenue. The Downtown Traffic Improvement Project is funded partially with a $1.15 million grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.



MONTROSE — Beginning Monday, traffic along South First Street, between the avenues of Townsend and Cascade, will be blocked as construction crews work to complete the next phase of the Downtown Traffic Improvement Project.

The construction is expected to close South First Street for three weeks as traffic and pedestrian-safety improvements are installed.

Curb extensions known as bulb-outs will be constructed on both sides of the street along with new curbs, gutters and raised center medians.

These elements were part of a traffic study by the city of Montrose, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the project-design firm.

“The bulb-outs are designed to shorten the distance pedestrians have to walk through traffic,” said John Harris, project manager for the city.

This is the fourth downtown intersection to receive these improvements, Harris said.

Sidewalk access to the post office and Montrose County building will be open, Harris said. Traffic will have access to these buildings from April 15–18 as the project nears completion.

Harris said motorists no longer will be able to turn south onto Townsend Avenue from the eastbound lane of South First Street.

The change is designed to prevent accidents.

“That was problematic, crossing two lanes of traffic,” Harris said.

Instead, drivers will be limited to making a right-hand turn onto Townsend Avenue from the eastbound lane.

The Downtown Traffic Improvement Project is funded partially with a $1.15 million grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.

The city is working with Skip Huston Construction to complete the construction.

The city said additional traffic detours throughout construction will be implemented, and motorists should use caution.


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