Grand Ave. project could cost Re-1 $100,000 |

Grand Ave. project could cost Re-1 $100,000

Post Independent/Kelley Cox

There was quite an expensive hole being dug Tuesday on Grand Avenue at 14th Street, where one lane of upvalley traffic was squeezing through orange cones while crews repaired damage from a water leak that was more extensive than previously thought. Crews from Carbondale-based subcontractor Earth Works Construction worked all day Tuesday to fix part of the right lane of Grand Avenue, which began to sink several weeks ago when a leak associated with the Roaring Fork School District administration building’s water main damaged the newly constructed street. The leak was quickly fixed, but the damaged highway remained until repair crews began work this week. RFSD Superintendent Fred Wall said Tuesday the original plan was to remove 60 feet of roadway to repair the damage. But crews discovered the damage was more severe than they expected, requiring 75 feet of roadway to be removed. It won’t be cheap. Wall estimates the project’s price tag to be $100,000 or less, but the actual cost isn’t yet known, he said. Though the leak was originally thought to be the city’s responsibility to fix, the leak was found on the district’s side of the RFSD water meter, placing the cost of the repair work on the district’s shoulders. RFSD contracted FCI Constructors of Grand Junction to do the repair work, plans for which must be approved by the state because Grand Avenue is a state highway. Work is expected to be complete by May 1. Wall said he would have a better idea of the project’s status Wednesday morning. “We would have liked this fixed a couple weeks ago,” said Colorado Department of Transportation senior foreman Dwayne Gaymon. “We realize the school nor the city wanted to fix this. (But it) had to be fixed.”Through the remainder of construction, traffic delays are expected because upvalley lanes will be reduced to a single lane between 13th and 15th streets. Vehicles wider than 11 feet are restricted within the construction zone.

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