Friday, August 17, 2018

This Week in Pics

Construction crews pour concrete for a new sidewalk connecting Highway 340 between Vista Grande Drive and Kansas Ave. This sidewalk is the last piece that connects downtown all the way to the west end of the Redlands. Also, included in the project are curb and gutter, culvert items, retaining wall, landscaping, fencing, site restoration and seeding. The project is partially funded by a grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).

Mesa County and Yeh Associate personnel inspect the new sidewalk moments after the concrete was poured by Mays Concrete on Highway 340 sidewalk project.

The project consists of the construction of a five-foot-wide concrete path on the north side of Highway 340 between Vista Grande Drive and Kansas Ave. Major features of the project include a concrete sidewalk and unclassified excavation. Also included are curbs and gutters, culvert items, retaining wall, landscaping, fencing, site restoration and seeding. This project is partially being funded by a grant from CDOT.
Crews from K&D Construction work on lowering 31 Road at the intersection to the compost facility. Improved sight lines and added turning lanes will increase the safety of this busy intersection.
64.3 Road Improvements - Con-Sy, Inc. crews working on completing a new bridge with nticipated completion in late September.
Crews from Williams Construction work on constructing the drop structure into the new sediment basin for the Bosley Wash Detention Basin.

Excavation and preparation of the foundation for the new dam continues at Bosley Wash Detention Basin project.
Mesa County Solid Waste Management staff set up a booth and sponsored a "bounce house" during the annual Bounce Back to School Night in Lincoln Park. 

Mesa County Solid Waste Management and Gunnison County Public Works staff sort through waste at the Gunnison County landfill. This is part of the continuing regional waste characterization study, funded through the RREO Grant from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. 

Mesa County Solid Waste Management staff and Mesa County Sheriff's deputies pick-up debris from Highway 50, on Saturday, near 31 Road. Uncovered and unsecured trash loads can lead to dangerous driving conditions, so remember to "tarp it." 

Road and Bridge staff coming in the clutch to assist our staff with grading the landfill road while the motor grader was down. It was a huge help!

Clerk & Recorder Sheila Reiner’s grandson, Sawyer Reiner, came to visit the Motor Vehicle office while his parental units took care of some business. This is how you handle a BIG water bottle!

Land and Resource Managers Group: Meeting with Commissioner John Justman, Emergency Manager Andy Martsolf, Colo. Parks & Wildlife and other stakeholders.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

CDOT: Rockfall mitigation work in De Beque Canyon will require a full closure of I-70 next week

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, CDOT will close both directions of I-70 to perform rockfall mitigation near Exit 49 (the Colorado Highway 65 Interchange). Vehicle closure points will be eastbound at Exit 47 (Island Acres State Park) and westbound at Exit 62 (De Beque).

"We encourage motorists to stop in places along the I-70 corridor to wait out the closure in order to be near services," said CDOT Project Engineer Paul Granahan. "There is not a lot of storage for commercial vehicles in De Beque so anyone traveling westbound may want to stop before the closure point," he said. "Motorists traveling eastbound have more options with Grand Junction being the larger city they arrive at before heading into De Beque Canyon."

In preparation for this operation, intermittent traffic stops will occur on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday to mobilize equipment and prepare the area.

As part of the mitigation, crews will be rock scaling, drilling and blasting to remove several sections of rock in an effort to protect the safety of motorists and prevent road damage or unexpected closures that could be caused by a natural rockfall incident.

United Companies is the prime contractor for this $4.3M project.

Travel Impacts

Vehicle closure points will be eastbound at Exit 47 (Island Acres State Park) and westbound at Exit 62 (De Beque).

  • Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 20-21
    • Eastbound and westbound right lane closure
    • Eastbound and westbound 20-minute traffic holds with delays
    • The project will be in operation from 6:00 am - 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Aug. 22 FULL CLOSURE
    • Eastbound and westbound FULL closure of I-70
    • Closure will begin at 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Eastbound and westbound 20-minute traffic holds with delays
  • Thursday and Friday, Aug. 23-24
    • East and westbound right-lane closure
    • Eastbound and westbound 20-minute traffic holds with delays

Stay Informed

  • Hotline: 970-456-1481

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

TV Translator System Upgrade Starts This Week

Mesa County will be upgrading its television translator equipment throughout August and into the first part of September. Television antenna viewers may experience temporary service outages while work is underway. Mesa County relays television signals to residents in rural communities to supplement the lack of local television stations available for citizens unable to afford or without access to cable television.

System upgrades are being made to comply with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mandated channel changes on Mesa County television translators.

Mesa County will continue operation of all existing television translators with no change of service to viewers.

TV translators relay Grand Junction TV stations into rural communities like Collbran, Gateway, DeBeque, and Mesa which are unable to receive local TV signals directly and do not have access to cable services. This service is provided to keep residents informed in the event of an emergency.

View a list of locations and current channel lineups at

If you have questions or are unable to receive television signals, please call (970) 244-3230.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Join Mesa County in Honoring Our Vietnam Veterans, Aug. 20

The Board of Mesa County Commissioners, in conjunction with the Mesa County Veterans Services, are honoring Mesa County Vietnam Veterans and their families at a  recognition ceremony Monday, Aug. 20 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the Mesa County Fairgrounds, 2785 U.S. Highway 50.

“I am so honored that our Board is sponsoring this great event for our Veterans,” Mesa County Commissioner Rose Pugliese said.

The event gives Mesa County residents a chance to show their appreciation and support to those who have served our great nation during the Vietnam era.

Refreshments and snacks will be available, provided by the kitchens of Hilltop Senior Living Communities. Informational booths will also be available for the Veteran Affairs Hospital and various community veteran resources.

The event is open to the public and is free to attend.

For more information, call Information & Communications Coordinator Angeline Roles at (970) 256-2453.