The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and United Companies began work Monday, July 20, throughout Montrose and Delta counties as part of a federal aid project. Inclement weather delayed the work that was originally slated to begin the week of June 26.
Repair and improvement to aged, damaged road surfaces will greatly enhance safety, flow and efficiency for travelers along the corridor. Barring further weather delays, the project is expected to last 45 working days with minimal traffic obstruction. Improvements will include asphalt patching, chip seal resurfacing, and epoxy and thermoplastic pavement marking. Message boards will be placed at each location during the construction process to keep residents and commuters aware of project progression. Boards will be updated on a regular basis.
"We look forward to getting this project underway after being hindered by the weather," said Jim Hatheway, CDOT consultant project engineer. "The driving surface improvements will ultimately provide positive impacts for residents and visitors of Montrose and Delta counties."
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.