Briefs, May 5, 2014

Broadway resurfacing begins Monday

The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin a 6.2-mile resurfacing project on Colorado Highway 340 (Broadway) beginning Monday.

The project begins at mile marker 1.0 near Red Cliffs Drive and ends at mile marker 7.2 near Tamarack Lane. The project will improve the riding condition of the highway, make necessary repairs to two bridges and prolong the life of these transportation facilities.

Traffic will be restricted to one lane from 6 a.m.–7 p.m. Monday through Friday. In special cases, these hours may be extended or weekend work may be necessary. A pilot car will escort traffic through the work zone. Motorists should expect reduced speed limits and delays.

Beginning the week of May 27, Colorado Highway 340 will be closed east of Deer Park Circle to west of South Broadway for bridge repairs. Only local driveway access will be permitted.

The bridge work is expected to take seven days to complete. To minimize traffic impacts, construction will occur 24 hours a day, seven days a week, until the bridge work is complete. A signed detour utilizing U.S. Highway 6&50 will be provided during the closure.

Speeds will be reduced and fines will be doubled within the work zone. The project is scheduled for completion in June.

Clifton library branch to be expanded


A project to expand the Clifton Branch of Mesa County Libraries began this week and is expected to last through Memorial Day weekend.

The branch at 590 32 Road, No. 6F, will close May 19–24 for part of the project, reopening May 27.

During the closure, the book drop at the Clifton Branch will continue to accept returned items, but patrons may also return items the following week after the branch reopens. Library materials will not be due during the closure, and no fines will be charged. Holds may be sent to another library location for pickup or delayed upon request.

The project will expand the Clifton Branch from its current size of 4,200 square feet to 5,400 square feet. The expansion will give way to a dedicated children’s area and improved, designated space for teens, new shelving of a consistent, convenient height, relocation of the public computers, remodeling of the restrooms and relocation of the circulation desk to a more central location.

Call 243-4442 for information.

Spirit Express dance team advances


Spirit Express, a dance team of the Spirit Express All Stars Academy in Grand Junction advanced to the 2014 hip-hop finals at National Dance Alliance Worlds at Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

Spirit Express was one of only 20 teams that earned the right to vie for a world championship. The Spirit Express All stars also competed to qualify for another Worlds’ final with its pom routine.

The group has earned four trips to the Dance Worlds — 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 — and has more than 220 national championship titles.

Clinics and tryouts for interested athletes for the 2014–15 competition season will continue today and Saturday at the Express All Star Academy, 2482 Patterson Road. Prospective cheerleader clinics and tryouts are from 4–5:30 p.m. and dancers from 5–6:30 p.m.

Call Tena Preuss at 201-3453 for information.

Food Bank needs customer service help


RSVP, a volunteer program for people ages 55 and older, has a variety of ongoing volunteer opportunities.

■ Mesa County RSVP needs and office assistant for Monday and Wednesdays.

■ Grand Valley Catholic Outreach needs book-in-hand readers, clerical assistance (data entry needed Fridays) and meal-site helper or Mondays.

■ Community Food Bank needs customer service/clerical assistance.

Call 243-9839 or visit for more opportunities.


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