New road to be built near Whitewater area; price tag is $1 million
A road building project for the Whitewater area, with a price tag of more than $1 million, was approved by county commissioners at a recent meeting, and it promises to bring a new transportation connection to the landfill area northwest of Whitewater’s town center.
The new patch of road — which will carry the moniker of Hookless Boulevard, presumably in reference to the Colorado hookless cactus that can be found in the area — will be built between Coffman Road and U.S. Highway 50, major arterials in the Whitewater area.
The contract was awarded to Grand Junction company M.A. Concrete Construction Inc., which was the lowest bidder among eight bids submitted to the county for the project. M.A. Concrete agreed to construct 3,400 linear feet of new road in the area, which is targeted for light industrial development.
County staff said work is set to begin as soon as possible, with an end date of sometime within four months after the start of construction.
The road will provide another connection to the largely undeveloped area just east of the Gunnison River, where the Mesa County Landfill is located. A new county Animal Services building, as well as the county’s public works hub, were built within the last few years along Old Whitewater Road, which became Coffman Road.
The county says the new road will provide a safer, alternative route to those facilities.
Also planned for that immediate area is an expansion of Colorado Mesa University, which purchased a 35-acre lot southwest of the nearby intersection of U.S. Highway 50 and 32 Road in 2010. The school has plans to locate a forensic anthropology center, or “body farm,” there, along with a facility for educating future electric linemen.
The county said the project has been identified as a “major transportation corridor” as defined in the Whitewater Community Plan. That plan, adopted in 2011, identified 1,125 residents in 450 households in the Whitewater community planning area. However, one projection showed the potential of having 20,000 residents by the year 2030.