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By Will Hearst Daily Press Staff Writer
For motorists who use North Park Avenue as a way of coming and going into Montrose via San Juan Avenue, it’s time to find a new route. Beginning Monday, North Park Avenue will be closed as crews complete the final phase of a two-year sewer line project.
John Zarkus, a city public works inspector, said the project is expected to be completed sometime in June, and Park Avenue will only be open intermittently during the process.
“Local traffic will still be allowed, but for the safety of the public and to expedite the process, the road will be closed to most traffic,” Zarkus said. “But I do want to be sure people know that the businesses in that area will be accessible during the process.”
Zarkus said the project will begin near the intersection of Park Avenue and San Juan Avenue and progress south to North Eighth Street. From there, the line will go west to Uncompahgre Avenue and then south again to North Seventh Street.
Zarkus said once this third and final leg is complete, public works will have installed 18,000 feet of sewer line, stretching from near the wastewater treatment plant to North Seventh Street, since 2011.
The completed project will end the sewer tap moratorium on the east side of Montrose. Zarkus added that the project will meet the needs of Montrose for the next 40 years, according to projected growth.
While the Park Avenue portion of the project may cause the most inconvenience to area residents and travelers, it is not expected to be the most difficult for crews.
John Harris, public works director, said he expects that portion of the project to be much easier to accomplish than it was to install the 30-inch diameter pipe beneath the Montrose Regional Airport and its taxiway.
“We actually won an award, due to the complex nature of that portion of the project,” Harris said. “We not only had to bore beneath the runway, but the adjacent taxiway, as well.”
Harris said the project is the most important to be completed, according to a 2009 public works master plan. However, time and funding might leave room for some additional projects to be completed this summer.
Harris said working on a transfer station for All Points Transit on South Second Street is on the public works agenda for this summer.
Public works officials hope to pave Selig Avenue between North Second Street and North First Street.
Harris said it is also their intention to install a sidewalk along the east side of South Townsend Avenue between the intersection of Woodgate Road and Walmart. Harris said there are portions of existing sidewalk on that route, but several sections have not been improved.
Finally, city crews hope to begin resurfacing approximately 2.5 miles of Ogden Road east of the roundabout. That project is expected to be completed in tandem with crews from Montrose County who are also planning on working in that area outside of the city limits.