Seventh Street project nearly finished

DEAN HUMPHREY/The Daily Sentinel—Traffic moves through a construction area along Seventh Street north of North Avenue. Workers installed a stormwater line and replaced a sewer line. The road could be repaved and all four lanes reopened by Friday.

Hang in there a little longer, Seventh Street motorists and residents.

Construction work to replace a sewer line and add a storm drain is nearly complete after snarling traffic and kicking up dust since May.

At the earliest, the road should be paved and open for full access by Friday, Grand Junction city project engineer Justin Vensel said.

“This is part of the aggressive program our utility engineer is pushing to replace all the old sewer lines,” Vensel said. “This will be a benefit for residents.”

The project included installing 600 new feet of stormwater drainage. Crews replaced the combined clay line that had been used for sewer and stormwater with a plastic, or PVC, line just for sewer. Sewer mains also were replaced along some of the adjoining streets along Seventh Street. The total project cost is $1.3 million, Vensel said.

General contractor MA Concrete Construction had until early August to complete the project, “so I’m sure all the residents will be glad,” Vensel said about the expected early finish date.

Vensel said city road crews hope to make the street a complete road if funding comes through, possibly by next year. That will include widening the roadway and adding bike lanes, hopefully making the busy Seventh Street more friendly to cyclists.

While unrelated to this construction project, a natural gas explosion injured several people and destroyed two homes on North Seventh Street in the spring of 2013.

The city determined that natural gas seeped into the clay sewer lines, which are more porous than plastic lines. Replacing mains on Seventh Street had been planned before the explosion, the city said.


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