Thursday, June 4, 2015

Expect short road delays week of June 8

Next week, the Mesa County Overlay Program will be working on the roads listed below. 

Drivers should expect short delays on these roads during the week of June 8:
  • J 6/10 Road east to 19 Road
  • 19 1/2 Road, Hwy. 50 north to J Road
  • 19 1/2 Road, J Road north to K Road (tentative)

National Weather Service issues flash flood watch for West Salt Creek Landslide

A flash flood watch for the West Salt Creek Landslide is in effect until Monday afternoon, the National Weather Service in Grand Junction announced Wednesday evening.

The watch was triggered by Mesa County's announcement Wednesday morning that the pond that has formed on the Landslide is expected to spill sometime between today and Sunday.

People in the low-lying areas below the Landslide should stay alert to changing conditions. Evacuations may be necessary if conditions deteriorate.

A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop to cause flash flooding. Citizens are encouraged to plan now so they will be prepared in an emergency.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

County officials transition to Level Two response for West Salt Creek Landslide

Mesa County officials today are implementing a Level Two response to the West Salt Creek Landslide. Conditions that prompted a Level One response last week are continuing.

The Level Two designation is a proactive step to be ready for an event, should it occur.

“We’ve been in a heightened state of awareness, but what this does is puts residents in low-lying areas on alert that something is likely to happen,” said Andy Martsolf, Mesa County’s Emergency Manager. “The magnitude of this event is unknown, but residents should be prepared to move to higher ground.”

The Landslide that struck the Grand Mesa a year ago left a swath of debris 3 miles long and ¾ of a mile wide. What officials call a “sag pond” has formed from rainwater, snowmelt and other runoff near the top of the slide.

Current conditions indicate the pond is likely to spill between Thursday and Sunday. If that happens, it is possible to see rapid down-cutting of the “slump block,” or debris field. This type of event may release a large volume of water that may impact Salt Creek Road and Collbran residents.

Mesa County’s emergency plan calls for immediate notification of the public when conditions become hazardous to citizens. Collbran residents this morning were made aware of the Level Two designation and the possibility of water spilling over the pond or finding a route down the debris area.

Last week, officials noticed the appearance of a stream below the pond. That prompted the Level One response designation.

Peak runoff and rain forecast for the weekend could contribute to the pond spilling.

Mesa County is providing sandbags for people in low-lying areas. To get those, call Mesa County Road and Bridge at (970) 244-1807.

Grand Valley Transit wants public input on proposed route changes

Grand Valley Transit will modify its routes starting July 20, but officials want to hear from community members first.

Before finalizing the changes, GVT is asking the public to provide feedback on the suggestions. Citizens can review the proposed route changes in two ways:

  • Attend an open house on Monday, June 15, from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. at GVT’s West Transfer Facility, 612 24 ½ Road in Grand Junction. Parking is available behind the building in the Park ‘n’ Ride lot off F 1/8 Road. Maps of the proposed routes will be on hand, and GVT staff will be available to discuss the proposed changes. 
  • Visit Click on the “Proposed Changes” tab to review the proposed routes. E-mail comments to or drop written comments off at a GVT pass office by July 3. Pass offices are located in the GVT Downtown Transfer Facility, 525 S. Sixth St., and in the West Transfer Facility, 612 24 1/2 Road. 
GVT is committed to building and operating the most productive, efficient transit system for the communities it serves. As GVT officials review and develop services, they make necessary changes to routes. Those changes reflect continued budgetary challenges faced by GVT, as well as changes in ridership and community feedback.

The route changes are proposed to take effect on Monday, July 20.

Monday, June 1, 2015

No county road paving this week

Mesa County will not pave roads this week.

Due to the amount of rainfall over the past week, Elam Construction needs this week to catch up on jobs that were rained out and scheduled to be completed during the week of May 25. 

Paving of county roads will begin on June 8.