Traffic Alert, July 22, 2013

Road closures and maintenance projects may affect traffic this week:

Ute Water Waterline Replacement: Installation of the Patterson Road, 28 Road and Cortland Avenue water main has been completed. This week, crews will connect existing water services to the new main and clean up the construction zone, which may require periodic lane closures on both 28 Road and Cortland Avenue. Watch for workers and drive with caution. The asphalt paving of 28 Road and Cortland Avenue is scheduled to begin July 29.

22 Road Realignment Project at U.S. Highway 6: Reconstructing one-third of a mile of U.S. Highway 6 between Valley Court and the I-70 Exit 26 Interchange and one-half mile of 22 Road. Both directions of traffic on U.S. Highway 6, between Valley Court and Sanford Drive, have been shifted to the south side. Traffic will remain in this configuration while the north side of U.S. Highway 6 is constructed. Near the I-70 Exit 26 Interchange, U.S. Highway 6 has been narrowed to one lane in each direction, causing short delays during rush hours. Motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes.

The U.S. Highway 6 intersection with 22 Road remains open. Speed limit through the work zone is reduced to 35 mph.

2013 Street and Sewer Line Maintenance Project: Orchard Avenue between Seventh Street and Cannell Avenue will be closed for the next three weeks. Access for local residents will be provided.

Crosby Avenue Waterline: City crews will install a new 8-inch waterline in Crosby Avenue starting Tuesday, scheduled to be completed Friday. Traffic delays can be expected from 7 a.m.–5 p.m. on Crosby Avenue between west Gunnison Avenue and west Main Street. An alternate route is advised.

2013 Sewer Line Replacement: Northbound First Street between Walnut Avenue and Patterson Road will be closed for the next three weeks. Access for local residents will be provided. Detour route will be well marked. Southbound First Street between Patterson Road and Walnut Avenue will remain open.

Utility and Street Construction for the Mesa County Workforce Center: 29 1/2 Road will be closed to through traffic between North and Orchard avenues for approximately two weeks. Crews will install water, sewer, electric and gas lines plus new curb, gutter and sidewalk along with additional paving for the new Mesa County Workforce Center, 512 29 1/2 Road. Access will be provided for local residents.

Street Maintenance: The following is a list of streets to be chipped-sealed by city crews from 6 a.m.–4 p.m. this week. There may be short-term street closures or lane closures with flaggers. There will be no on-street parking the day of the chip-seal, and traffic delays can be expected.

Monday: 11th Street from Grand to North avenues; 13th Street from Grand to Gunnison avenues; 14th Street from Grand to Gunnison avenues; 15th Street from Grand to Gunnison avenues; 16th Street from Grand to Gunnison avenues; 17th Street from Grand to Gunnison avenues.

Tuesday: 18th Street from Grand to Gunnison avenues; 19th Street from Grand to Gunnison avenues; 22nd Street from Grand to Gunnison avenues; 23rd Street from Grand to Gunnison avenues; 25th Street from Grand to Gunnison avenues; 26th Street from Grand to Belford avenues; 27th Street from Grand to Gunnison avenues.

Wednesday: Chipeta Avenue from First to 22nd streets; 20th Street from Chipeta to Ouray avenues.

Thursday: Ouray Avenue from First to 19th streets; Parkland Court east of North 19th Street to end of cul-de-sac; Chipeta Court east of North 19th Street to end of cul-de-sac.

I-70B Project: Work this week will involve finalizing grading and placing road base on the main-line lanes of I-70B in preparation for paving; placement of caissons for signals, signs and sidewalk lighting; and paving on the south and north frontage roads. Through July 31, crews will finish grading and place millings (road base) on eastbound lanes on I-70B. Grade and place millings (road base) for driveways and sidewalks along frontage roads will continue through Friday. Crews will continue placing signal and sign caissons through Wednesday and will continue installing pre-cast caissons for sidewalk lighting through July 31:

Driveway, curb and gutter, and sidewalk paving will take place today through July 31, on South and North Frontage Roads.

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Mesa County:

Tentative schedule, weather and equipment permitting.  Chip sweeping and cleanup follows about one week after chips are in place. 

Mesa County Chip Seal Program: Tiara Rado Subdivision, finish from previous week, Tiara Drive, Tiara Vista Drive, High Tiara Court, Eagle Court, Tiara Court, Par Court, Wood Court, Bison Court, Ute Court, Otto Court, Liberty Cap Court, Two Iron Court, Shank Court, Low Ball Court, Lost Ball Court, Rado Drive, and North Rado Drive; 25 Road, South Broadway to the end, (end of week); and Rose Drive, from Monument Road to 25 Road.

Mesa County Overlay Program

Milling: E Road, 32.5 Road west for .25 miles, Monday; 32.5 Road, bridge north of E Road Monday; D Road, Colorado Highway 141 (32 Road) to 32.5 Road, Tuesday.

Remainder of the week, Tuesday through Friday: D.75 Road, West Chukar Way to 33 Road; El Jardin Drive, end of pavement east to 33 Road; Seckel Street, cul-de-sac north to Pera Street; Pera Street, D.50 Road north D.75 Road; Callery Court, cul-de-sac ne to north end; Forelle Court, cul-de-sac north to El Jardin Drive; Forelle Street, El Jardin Drive north to D.75 Road; Michael Street, Forelle Street west to D.75 Road; Cougar Run Court, El Jardin Drive north to cul-de-sac; F.30 Road, Lois Street east to cul-de-sac; Lois Street, Colorado Highway to north end of Road; Raceway Road, Colorado Highway 141 to end of pavement.

Asphalt Paving: N.30 Road, 17.00 Road to 18 Road, Monday; H Road, 22 Road to 23 Road, Tuesday; 24 Road, I Road to J Road, Wednesday; I.50 Road, 23.50 Road to 24 Road, Wednesday through Friday; 23.50 Road, I Road to I.50 Road, Wednesday through Friday.

Company to inspect coaster after fall


ARLINGTON, Texas — A German roller coaster maker is sending officials to a North Texas amusement park to inspect a ride after a woman fell to her death.

Gerstlauer Amusement Rides in Munsterhausen, Germany, will investigate what led to Friday’s accident at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington.

Witnesses said the woman expressed concern about the coaster’s safety bar not completely engaging as the ride was starting.

But a project manager for Gerstlauer, Tobias Lindnar, says the company has never had problems with car safety bars on any of the roughly 50 roller coasters it’s built around the world over the past 30 years.

Park spokeswoman Sharon Parker confirmed the victim died while riding the 14-story Texas Giant roller coaster, but she wouldn’t give specifics.

The ride first opened in 1990 as an all-wooden coaster and underwent a $10 million renovation to install steel-hybrid rails and reopened in 2011.

Gunshot kills 4-year-old; felon flees


SEDRO-WOOLEY, Wash. — Police in Washington state said a convicted felon is on the run after a 4-year-old boy died Sunday of a gunshot at his home.

Sedro-Woolley police are treating the shooting as a homicide.

Police believe 25-year-old Trevor Braymiller is armed and dangerous. Braymiller is a convicted felon and is not allowed to have firearms.

Police responded to calls of a child shot early Sunday. Early reports said the child shot himself.

Lt. Lin Tucker says Braymiller was a father figure to the child, although not his biological father. The boy was taken to Skagit Valley Hospital and was pronounced dead.

Tucker says the house where the shooting occurred is well-known to authorities. In 2011, police conducted a drug raid there.


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