North Avenue improvements begin

A crumbling curb without a safety ramp at the corner of 28 1/2 Road and North Avenue is one of many slated for work along the thoroughfare.

Rolling along North Avenue isn’t exactly easy for people in wheelchairs, on scooters, or who are pushing strollers or carts — but a project beginning today is aimed at making improvements to pedestrian crossings and access near a number of businesses.

People wheeling along North Avenue have been seen in the street sometimes because of a lack of connectivity in places.

A project between the North Avenue Owners Association and the city of Grand Junction will build ramps and short sections of sidewalk to connect existing sections of sidewalk and other hard surfaces.

The announcement cites “numerous locations along North Avenue that have inadequate or no accessibility ramps at intersections.”

Work locations include near the North Avenue Car Wash, Arby’s, Teller Arms, Century Plaza, Tequila’s, C&F Foods, and Big O Tires.

Funding for the project includes a $30,000 Community Development Block Grant and more than $22,000 from the city’s 2013 capital improvements fund.

The sidewalk work is expected to be completed by the end of July.

The safety improvements project is the first partnership between the city and the North Avenue Owners Association.

A member of the group, Poppy Woody, said in a press release, “This is just the beginning of a long partnership that will result in great things for North Avenue.”


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