Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Officials will celebrate 38 Road safety project with ribbon-cutting Aug. 12

Mesa County officials Wednesday, Aug. 12, will celebrate the completion of a safety improvement project on 38 Road.

A new, 10-foot-wide concrete sidewalk is the highlight of the project. It allows pedestrians and cyclists to safely travel the steep, curving road.

Planning for the improvements began in early 2012. Design of the first phase was completed in September 2014, and construction began last December. The community had requested a winter construction schedule.

The project is important because 38 Road is a vital link to the East Orchard Mesa agricultural community, and it needs to accommodate a wide range of vehicles and non-motorized users.

The project provides safer horizontal and vertical geometry and wider lanes and shoulders, as well as measures to mitigate a rock fall.

Planning for the project included the local community and utility providers, which resulted in local support and patience during construction.

The ribbon-cutting is planned for 10 a.m. Attendees should park at the Orchard Mesa Irrigation District, 668 38 Road, and walk up the sidewalk to the event.

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