Construction underway on Whiteriver
Motorists and pedestrians are being advised to avoid a northern stretch of Whiteriver Avenue, when possible, for the next three months.
Construction started Monday on Whiteriver between Ninth and 10th streets — closing the northbound lane of the street.
Crews with Johnson Construction, Inc., are installing sidewalks, improving drainage and creating crosswalks on Whiteriver between 10th and 18th streets over the course of the next three months.
While traffic will remain open in at least one direction during most of the construction, motorists are better off trying to avoid Whiteriver until the project is complete, said Rick Barth, city engineer. There will be instances when entire stretches of the street are closed in both directions.
As previously reported in The Telegram, the long-planned project is part of an overall city effort to make Rifle more pedestrian and bike friendly. The city received a $400,000 Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District grant to fund a large bulk of the Whiteriver improvements.
Speaking before council June 3, Barth noted that there currently are no sidewalks on this stretch of Whiteriver, and that forces cyclists and pedestrians to walk on the street — which can cause safety issues due to the narrow and curvy nature of the street.
At the same meeting council awarded the project to Rifle-based Johnson Construction, Inc., which had the lowest bid at $546,150. Council also approved additional spending for construction management up to the total project budget of $600,000. Construction is expected to take approximately three months.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
Due to extreme fire danger, Rifle has canceled the annual July 3rd fireworks show, the city announced Tuesday.