City Council seeks $1 million grant for First Street reconstruction project

First Street in Grand Junction is getting a makeover, no matter whether a state grant comes through.

But the city would like to put a cherry on top of the project by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs approving its $1 million grant request.

The Grand Junction City Council last week gave city staff approval to apply for the grant.

The $3 million project aims to reduce the four-lane road to two lanes and a turn lane, from Ouray Avenue to North Avenue. The route would be outfitted with 8-foot-wide detached sidewalks, 5-foot-wide bike lanes, on-street parking and medians. Landscaping would be added and streetlights would be converted to LED lights.

Public Works and Utilities Director Greg Lanning said the project is likely to get underway in the spring of 2017.

Word on whether the city obtained the grant should come in the first quarter of the year, he said.

The project has been budgeted for 2017, Lanning said.

“Under any circumstances, it will be completed this year,” he said about construction in the new year. “It will do a lot to dress up the town.”

On a pavement condition index that ranges from 1 to 100, with 1 representing the worst, First Street rates a 29. Overall, the city has a pavement condition index rating of 69.

The city had originally planned to begin construction on First Street this fall. Lanning said it has taken longer than expected to obtain right-of-way agreements with property owners to complete the work.

The roadway is expected to handle up to 14,000 vehicles a day, according to 2040 traffic projections, city staff estimated in a report provided to the City Council.


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