Leaf-removal crews lag behind schedule

Veronica Agapito rakes leaves in the yard of her home in the 400 block of Bookcliff Drive on Wednesday.

City of Grand Junction leaf-removal crews still are running late this week because of a high volume of dropping leaves and some equipment malfunctions.

“We’re not completely back on schedule yet,” said Chris Spears, street systems supervisor, adding one machine currently is working in the Redlands area, and the other three are working within the city limits.

Spears said he expects the program to be back on schedule early next week.

“We appreciate people being patient,” Spears said.

City crews have been removing about 10,000 to 11,000 cubic yards of leaves annually.

There has been an unusually high volume of leaves in the past few years, Spears said, adding the increase likely stems from maturing trees in some of the newer subdivisions. The final round of removal will begin Dec. 1, when crews will make another sweep of the entire city.

The program will end Dec. 16. The machines will be reset to be used for snow and ice removal at that time.


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