Rifle busy with road construction projects
RIFLE, Colorado – If you’re trying to get from Rifle to Glenwood Springs, better plan on taking an alternate route.And if you live in Rifle, plan on detours while a number of apparently very much needed construction projects are under way this month.”It’s unusual to have this many projects going on at once,” City Manager John Hier said. “But a couple of these projects are because of the winter we had.”The majority of the improvements are to replace old water and sewer lines throughout the city, and others are to repave or overlay city streets that are damaged due to potholes from the heavy snow seen last winter.Replacement of a water main on Whiteriver Avenue between Fourth and Ninth streets began on July 21 and is expected to continue through Sept. 22, according to Mike Johnson, owner of Johnson Construction, the contractor on the job.The company is currently working between Fourth and Fifth Streets and will start work between Fifth and Sixth Streets on Whiteriver Avenue sometime next week.”We expect this will take anywhere between one to two and a half weeks per block,” Johnson said.While construction is being done, residents can access their driveways, but are being asked not to park on the street in order to expedite the work.The job is replacing an old six-inch steel water main with an eight-inch plastic PVC line, according to public works engineer Dick Deussen.Detour signs are rerouting motorists around the constructions sites.The city is also replacing lines between 11th and 12th streets along the alley of Munroe and Arabian Avenue.”The water will be shut off temporarily for a day or so, but Johnson Construction will knock on each door and let them know,” said Deussen.On Seventh Street between Birch and Fir avenues, a 12-inch steel water main is also being replaced with a 12-inch PVC line, which will last longer and is more efficient, Deussen said.Seventh Street will also be repaved.”We’ll have to close Seventh Avenue little by little so we can patch the potholes and transfer the water main and then do the overlay,” Deussen said. “But then it will be like a new road. And we’re trying to get it done before school opens.”Railroad Avenue will also see a number of improvements in the next couple of months.After the Garfield County Fair ends on Saturday, Aug. 9, work will begin on Railroad Avenue to replace man holes between 14th and 16th streets for about two weeks, limiting traffic to one lane in each direction.An overlay paving project of Railroad Avenue started on Monday and will continue through the July 31 during the evening hours between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m.For questions about any city projects, contact the city at 625-2121.
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