Street work begins in Fruita
Construction has begun on an important intersection and portion of highway in Fruita that is being funded with federal stimulus dollars.
The project area includes the portion of Colorado Highway 340 north of Interstate 70 spreading onto Aspen Avenue and Cherry Street and the section of Colorado 340 south of Interstate 70 to Redcliff Drive.
Work north of the interstate will include resurfacing, drainage improvements, the installation of a traffic light at West Aspen Avenue and Cherry Street and putting in a pedestrian crossing.
South of the interstate, the highway will be resurfaced, new curbs and gutters will be installed, and contractors will improve the road’s shoulder.
Through traffic on Interstate 70 will not be affected by construction, which will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
According to the Colorado Department of Transportation, drivers will be able to use the portion of the highway affected by construction this spring, but lane reductions, single-lane-alternating traffic and minor delays are expected.
Fruita City Manager Clint Kinney said the project was supported by the city and was not something the city could have funded without federal help.
“If it wasn’t funded by federal dollars, the city taxpayers would have had to pay for it,” he said. “By removing this need from taxpayers, we can address some other needs.”
New Castle-based contractor Heyl Construction is slated to complete the $1.36 million project, which will be funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, by May 21.
Kinney said the city received $844,000 in federal stimulus funds for a sidewalk-beautification project along U.S. Highway 6&50. The project included pouring concrete and installing new landscaping near the roadside from Triangle Park to Little Salt Wash Park. The project began in the fall and is nearly finished.