Friday, June 26, 2020

New Bridge at 16 Road and Q.5 Will Soon Open

Progress continues on the MESA-16-Q.5 Bridge and Road Improvement Project.
The new bridge on 16 Road and Q.5, which spans over the Highline Canal, is expected to open in the next couple of weeks after paving has been completed.

The new bridge on 16 Road and Q.5 will soon be paved.
The new bridge replaces one built in 1975 that became functionally obsolete and posed a great danger to motorists due to alignment issues. The bridge is located west of Fruita, Colorado, and serves local farms, ranches, and the energy industry. With an average daily traffic volume of 224 per day (frequently peaking at 300) in 2018, it was imperative to replace the bridge and construct a new one to flatten the horizontal curve at the location to prevent further crashes and fatalities from happening.

The MESA-16-Q.5 Bridge and Road Improvement Project consists of approximately 1,500 linear feet of roadway, and 60 feet of new bridge.
The project removed a dangerous curve and created a safe crossing over the Bureau of Reclamation’s Highline Canal.  The project consists of approximately 1,500 linear feet of roadway, and the new bridge is about 60 feet. Due to the oil and gas activity in the area, the project was eligible to be partially funded by the Energy Impact Fund.

The new bridge allows motorists to safely cross over the Bureau of Reclamation’s Highline Canal.
 Mesa County was awarded a 50-50 grant from the Department of Local Affairs, Energy Impact Program, on a $1,663,449.00 contract with Con-Sy Inc., a local firm.

The old bridge, constructed in 1975, posed a great danger to motorists due to alignment issues.
The old bridge location caused the road to approach on a sharp curve and has been the site of multiple traffic accidents, including some fatalities. A new bridge at this location was critical.

County Offices Closed in Honor of Independence Day

"One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, one nation forevermore!" — Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Most Mesa County offices will be closed Friday, July 3, in honor of Independence Day.

This closure includes:
Administration, Assessor, County Commissioners, County Attorney, Financial Services, Human Resources, IT, Surveyor, Treasurer (544 Rood Ave.)
Clerk & Recorder: Motor Vehicle (all locations), Recording, Elections, Clerk to the Board (200 S. Spruce St.)
Department of Human Services (510 29 1/2 Road)
District Attorney's Office (125 N. Spruce St.)
Facilities and Fairgrounds (2785 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Grand Valley Transit fixed and paratransit services (525 S. 6th St.)
Public Health (510 29 1/2 Road)
Public Works, Building, and Planning (971 Coffman Road & 200 S. Spruce St.)
Regional Transportation Planning Office (525 S. 6th St.)
Sheriff's Office: Records and Civil Divisions (215 Rice St.)
Tri-River CSU Extension (2775 U.S. Hwy. 50)
Workforce Center (512 29 1/2 Road)

Alternate Hours:
Animal Services (971A Coffman Road) will be open from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

This closure does NOT include:
Coroner's Office
Criminal Justice Services (all locations)
Sheriff's Office - jail, patrol, emergency services (215 Rice St.)
Solid Waste Management Campus (3071 U.S. Hwy. 50) — please note, the campus will not be closed on Friday but will be closed on Saturday, July 4.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Palisade Plunge Trail Keeps Moving Forward

The safety of the Palisade Plunge Trail crew is critical. Pictured here: crew members wear a harness and are tied to a rope while cutting trail on steep terrain.

Last week, Palisade Plunge Trail crews divided and conquered: one group carved 766 feet of new trail, leaving them at about milepost (MP) 27, only two-tenths of a mile away from connecting to the lower section of the constructed trail. The other group focused on transforming the notch area at about MP 26.75 into a traversable path.

It's no walk in the park trying to remove the rock in this area. It's a team effort to crack the bedrock on this steep slope.

Additionally, a migratory bird survey was conducted on the first part of the Phase 2 portion of the tail. The study identified two nests within buffer zones. Similar to the raptor nests that were identified near the Blowout on Phase 1, the construction crew will not be allowed to construct the trail within these buffer areas, at least until the nests have fledged out. However, the U.S. Forest Service is going to let the construction crew take a limited amount of trips to walk through the area so that they can at least continue on past the buffer areas with the trail construction.

A Palisade Plunge Trail crew member cracks bedrock.

Fifteen and a half miles of total finished trail has been completed. Only 1.66 miles are left before the completion of Phase 1.

Phase 2 will soon start. Stay tuned for more updates.

A Palisade Plunge Trail crew member swings his pickaxe to cut trail on the Palisade Plunge.

Check the status of your ballot

Your ballot must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day—Tuesday, June 30. 

If you have already voted and want to know if your ballot was accepted or rejected, you can check your ballot status on the Colorado Secretary of State's website.

  1. Click on "find my registration," type in your voter information, and click enter.
  2. Scroll down and look for "mail ballot status."
  3. It should list the 2020 Mesa County Primary Election, election date June 30, 2020, and your status should say accepted or rejected.

If it says rejected, it may be because you didn't sign your envelope, because the signature on your mail-in ballot envelope didn't match what is on record, or because you didn't include a requested form of identification, etc. 

For more information on the 2020 Mesa County Primary Election, visit

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Public comment sought on Mesa County's Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Mesa County Office of Emergency Management is inviting the public to review and comment on the 2020 revision of Mesa County's Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. The public is encouraged to review, comment, and provide input as part of the planning process for this important plan update.

The purpose of Mesa County's Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan is to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from natural hazards. Having a current plan makes participating agencies eligible for Federal Disaster Mitigation grant funds. The Mesa County Hazard Mitigation Plan is reviewed and updated every five years. This public comment period is to update the 2015 plan.

The public comment period is now underway. The public is invited to participate in the planning process in two ways:

  • Review and comment on Mesa County's Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan
  • Participate in the Public Hazard Perception Survey
    • Available online at
    • The public hazard perception survey helps emergency planners understand how hazards are perceived in our community. The information gathered from this survey will be included in the 2020 revision of Mesa County's Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Comments may be submitted electronically through the Public Hazard Perception Survey available at or by mail be submitted by mail 215 Rice Street, Grand Junction, CO 81502.

Questions and requests for hard copies may be directed to the Emergency Manager at (970) 244-1763.

Monday, June 22, 2020

County to Purchase Melter Applicators for Asphalt Crack Repair

On Monday, June 22, Mesa County Fleet was granted approval to purchase three asphalt crack seal units (2020 Crafco SS250 Diesel Melter RVA) for the Public Works Transportation Division.

The new units are replacing a 2001 asphalt crack seal unit and two from 2007. All units have logged an average of over 4,00 operating hours and are near exceeding their replacement schedule criteria of eight years or 4,000 operating hours.

The replacement is a planned and budgeted expenditure included in the 2020 adopted budget. Each unit is $56,585.60.

For more information on the purchase order, click here