Widening of K Road continues
Mesa County’s ongoing efforts to widen the increasingly traveled K Road between Grand Junction and Fruita continues, with a construction project between 22 1/2 and 23 roads to be under way soon.
Traffic planners have noticed the increase in vehicles taking K Road as an east-west alternative to U.S. Highway 6&50 and are in the middle of a series of projects that will add wide, paved shoulders to both sides of the road and improve sight distances for drivers.
Continued closures and detours in the area are possible with the new project, county officials said.
The more than $862,000 contract was awarded this week to M.A. Concrete, which is currently widening a stretch of K Road between 19 and 19 1/2 roads. They expect that section to be completed by the end of May.
The county last year added a third lane to K Road between 18 1/2 and 19 roads, which is one of the busiest sections of it.
County commissioners also signed off on a contract to replace a bridge near De Beque that sees a fair amount of energy industry traffic and serves the ranching community in the area.
A bridge associated with the Bluestone irrigation system — located on W Road a little more than 2 1/2 miles east of the intersection with 45 1/2 Road — will be removed and replaced with a precast concrete box. The road will need to be realigned slightly as well. Construction is being coordinated with the irrigation company.
According to officials, access will be open throughout the duration of the project, which is expected to be finished by April 30.
The detour will consist of one-way traffic with flaggers, and engineers expect maximum wait times for traffic of about five minutes.
The contract was awarded to J.C. Excavating of Parachute for more than $220,000.