City apologizes for botched repairs, will try again to fix 26 Road surface

and LE ROY STANDISH

On Wednesday, 26 Road between G Road and Interstate 70, which recently received an investment of a million-and-a-half dollars for repairs, will be closed and resurfaced.

The city of Grand Junction’s original effort to rebuild the road started to crumble almost immediately after its completion.

Construction plans failed to call for the use of enough concrete, according to a mailer from the city delivered Saturday to residents.

The city took responsibility for the road’s failure in the mailer.

The city tried a technique called “cement-treated soil” with the project, and it “did not perform as expected,” possibly from cement-treated soil reacting with soils at the site.

For setting right what was laid wrong, “The city apologizes for the inconvenience that will result from the closure of the road,” according to the mailer.

The apology, and the continual construction, do nothing to improve Dennis Hill’s bottom line.

His business, Bookcliff Gardens Nursery & Landscape, 755 26 Road, experienced an 18 percent slump in sales the first time the city rebuilt 26 Road, he said.

“I’m not real happy about them having to close the road again. After last year, I said: ‘Well, I won’t have to do that again.’ Famous last words,” Hill said.

Now is the slow time of the season for Hill’s business. But in three-and-a-half weeks,  Dec. 7, Bookcliff Gardens has its traditional Christmas open house, the kickoff to the winter sales season.

“It is a busy day,” he said. “I’m glad it is getting fixed. I hope it is fast.”

The city estimates three to five weeks for repairs.

The original reconstruction of 26 Road cost $1.6 million, partially paid for by $439,000 from an energy impact grant. The balance came from development impact fees.

The second reconstruction of 26 Road, and a part of G 1/2 Road with asphalt, is estimated to cost $500,000.

The city will bear $300,000 of the cost, and the remaining $200,000 will be covered by the original contractor, Scott Contracting of Henderson.


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