First phase of North Avenue construction starts in Grand Junction
NORTH AVENUE CONSTRUCTION SITES
241 North Ave. (North Avenue Car Wash)
459 North Ave. (southwest corner)
525 North Ave. (southeast corner)
865 North Ave. (Lazy Boy)
874 North Ave. (Carquest)
1155 North Ave. (Arby’s)
2401 North Ave. (Teller Arms)
2755 North Ave. (Century Plaza)
2888 North Ave. (west of International Imports)
SOURCE: City of GJ
Once a popular business byway in Grand Junction, present-day North Avenue is more known for empty storefronts and street disrepair. And to breathe new life into the lagging area, the City of Grand Junction started a first phase of construction Monday, June 24.
“I think this is a great, big, first step,” North Avenue Owners Association President Poppy Woody said. “This is the first rubber-meets-the-road project that we’ve been working on for the past year.”
Street work currently underway will address ADA safety concerns by constructing accessible ramps and short sections of sidewalk to establish needed connections, a City of GJ news release said. The city project is being funded by a 2012 Community Development Block Grant to the tune of $30,000, and an additional $22,677 from the city’s 2013 capital improvement fund.
“There are numerous locations along North Avenue that have inadequate or no accessibility ramps at intersections. Pedestrian traffic in wheelchairs, on scooters, with walkers or pushing strollers is often observed traveling in the street because there is no connectivity to pedestrian routes across the intersections,” the news release stated.
These safety improvements should be completed in five or six weeks, said City of Grand Junction Neighborhood Services Manager Kathy Portner.
Another construction project on North Avenue is also planned, though ground won’t be broken on it until next year or later.
“The larger project is a Federal Transportation, Community and System Preservation (TCSP) Program grant of $1.2 million to fund improvements along North Avenue,” Portner said in an email. “The grant will fund street improvements from 12th Street to 23rd Street to improve pedestrian and bicylist access, bus turnouts; curb, gutter, sidewalk, medians, landscaping and lighting along the 3/4-mile section. The city’s local match is in-kind design and engineering for the 3-mile section between First Street and 29 Road. The initial kick-off for the design work and public process will be later this summer.”
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