SILT — The project to beautify the downtown commercial district of Silt, currently under way, is expected to take at least until the middle of November to complete the first, and possibly parts of the second segments of the three-phase, $1.4 million effort, according to town officials.
“We’re about a week behind schedule because of rain,” said Public Works Director Gerry Pace on Tuesday.
But if the weather stays nice, he said, the town hopes to recoup some of that lost time as it strives to replace utilities underneath Main Street, repave five blocks of the street and install 10-foot sidewalks — all in about the next three weeks.
“This phase has until Nov. 15,” Pace said, “ although we might have to ask for an extension” from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), which owns Highway 6 as it runs through the center of town.
The project is to extend from Third Street to Eighth Street along the north side of Highway 6 (also known as Main Street), and is to include installation of curb and gutter, trees, benches, potted plants and the Seventh Street Perennial Garden, as well as new streetlights and “elephant ears” or bow-outs at certain intersections.
The project was to begin much earlier in the year, but right of way and easement acquisition issues, plus scheduling problems with CDOT, caused delays, Pace said.
Pace explained that the first phase of the project is taking place entirely on public lands, and involves paving the street up to the newly installed curb and gutter structures.
The second phase, he said, will involved the use of private property along the Main Street corridor, which will be used as staging areas for paving new sidewalks, and is expected to begin this fall and continue until the weather forces a halt.
Phase 3, Pace said, will be the conclusion of any leftover parts of the second phase, as well as improvements along 8th Street.