The city of Grand Junction is getting an early start replacing aging infrastructure and preparing for large roadwork projects coming later this year.
Today the city will begin work to replace a sewer line along E Road between 31 Road and 32 Road. This work is in preparation for the Mesa County E Road Reconstruction Project that is scheduled to start in the summer.
“They (construction crews) can get in there when it’s already torn up so you can replace the sewer line,” said Greg LeBlanc, senior assistant to the city manager. “That way you aren’t tearing up a new road or a road unnecessarily. It’s a way to be a little more efficient with resources.”
The city is doing the sewer line work, which will take around two months to complete. After that work is complete, the county will be reconstructing the roadway from 31 Road east to Agape Way near 32 Road. It will also upgrade the underground utilities on E Road. In 2021, the county plans to replace the Lewis Wash bridge at the intersection of 31 Road and E Road.
LeBlanc said the sewer line work can be done in winter whereas paving work done as part of the road reconstruction would need warmer temperatures before it could be completed.
“Really, if you are replacing a sewer line, you’re digging a hole and replacing infrastructure as opposed to putting down different layers of substrate and then paving,” LeBlanc said. “Paving really needs a certain window.”
Access to residences in the construction area will be maintained by the contractor, according to LeBlanc. However, there will be times when some access will be limited as new sewer pipe is installed in front of a driveway.
LeBlanc said the city was still in the planning process for its larger roadwork projects, which voters approved $50 to $70 million in new debt to finance in the November election. Those projects include widening 24 Road from Patterson to Interstate 70, a new roundabout serving River Road and Redlands Parkway near the Junior Service League Park and creation of an F 1/2 Road Parkway connecting 24 and Patterson roads, among other projects.
“We’re still working through the timeline on those projects,” LeBlanc said. “Those need a bit of planning because those are bigger projects. So I don’t think we have a final timeline for that yet, but we’re looking to start the groundwork, doing site plans, drawing up the designs, getting all that together this year at the very least.”
Other roadwork projects happening in January
22 Road between J Road and K Road is closed to through traffic for a bridge replacement project. Access will be provided for local residents and the work is expected to be completed in April.
Traffic will be detoured around bridge construction at 16 Road at Highline Canal. Construction is anticipated to be complete in May.
The intersection of Sparn Avenue and Teller Avenue will be closed this week. A detour route will be in place.
The intersection of 31 Road and D½ Road will be closed this week. A detour route will be in place.
Sewer line replacement on Sandra Avenue between 29 Road and 29 1/4 Road. The street is closed to through traffic.