Contractors working for the City of Montrose are scheduled to begin construction of Phase II of the West Side Arterial Project on Monday, June 19. Phase I of this project improved Grand Ave from North Ninth Street to South First Street utilizing a grant from the Federal Highway Administration.
Following completion of Phase I in 2012, approximately $1 million of the original grant funding remained available for use. Phase II of the project will use these remaining grant funds to extend Grand Ave from South First Street to South Third Street and extend the roadway project as far south as possible within available city right of way. Future phases of the project to extend Rio Grand Avenue farther south will require the purchase of abandoned Union Pacific right of way through the area.
Roadway improvements will include sidewalks, curb and gutter, street lights, and new asphalt paving. Below-ground improvements will include utility relocations, a waterline replacement, and new storm drain infrastructure. The low bidder for the project was Rundle Construction from Hotchkiss, Colorado, the same contractor that constructed Phase I of the West Side Arterial project and the recently completed East Oak Grove and Sunnyside/Hillcrest improvement projects.
The entire project area will be closed off to the public throughout the duration of construction, which is expected to last until November. A detour route will be established around the project area and motorists and pedestrians are asked to please respect all coned off areas and obey all posted speed limits along project detour routes.