Three-block section of downtown to be open to pedestrians Friday

Main Street from First to Fourth Street will open to pedestrians beginning Friday evening.

To celebrate the occasion, a block party will take place on the site of the first phase of the Downtown Uplift project from 5 to 9 p.m. Fencing and blockades will be taken down to allow people to move freely around the blocks and enjoy music played by disc jockey Andrew Watson and live music from the Jones/Adams Duo.

Downtown Development Authority spokeswoman Kathy Dirks said blockades will continue to block vehicle traffic until a later date.

“It’s an opportunity for people to come down before the street is open (to drivers) to wander around and see what’s there,” Dirks said.

Benches, trash cans and some Art on the Corner displays and landscaping will be installed this week, Dirks said. The project included pouring new concrete, widening sidewalks, putting in new lighting and water lines, installing a fountain at Third and Main streets, and putting in new shade shelters and a children’s play area in the 300 block of Main. Dirks said the city of Grand Junction will have to give final approval to the construction work before the street can open to vehicles.

The second phase of the Downtown Uplift project is scheduled to begin in January. That phase will involve construction on Main Street from Fourth to Seventh streets.


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