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Posted on: June 10, 2021

2021 Street Maintenance Projects

Crews chip sealing a City road

One of the core functions of the City is to maintain its street infrastructure. 

The City of Grand Junction’s Street Maintenance Program has the goal of improving the condition of our roads and streets. From 2017 through 2022, over $33 million is planned to be invested in improving the condition of our street infrastructure from a pavement condition index (PCI) of 69 to a more sustainable 73. Funding in 2021 for this effort is from two sources: $2.8 million from the City’s 0.75% sales tax for capital improvements and $3.0 million from the voter approved 2017 measure 2B which allowed the City to use restricted TABOR dollars for increasing the condition of City streets. After the first four years of the program, our pavement condition is estimated at 72 - placing the City in good standing on the goal to increase PCI to 73 by 2022.

As part of the City’s commitment to street maintenance, this year’s efforts will focus on three treatments:

  • Street Overlays – A 2-inch layer of new asphalt is placed restoring structural capacity to the road. United Companies was awarded the $2,085,553.20 project that will overlay 27 street segments in 11 areas with over 13.6 lane miles. Major streets to be overlaid include Crossroads Blvd, 20 1/2 Rd in the Redlands, 27 Road south of Hwy 50 on Orchard Mesa, 27 Road from Horizon to I-70, and H Road from 26 Rd to 26.5 Road. The City will also reconstruct approximately 2.4 miles of residential streets later this year under separate contract. Overlay work will start on Monday, June 14th.
  • Chip Seal – Covers the roadway with a thin layer of asphalt followed by a 3/8-inch of fine rock surface (“chips”) and then a few weeks later cover it in a fog seal. The “chips” help provide a new wearing surface but more importantly this method seals the surface to help prevent moisture from compromising the integrity of the street. 26 City employees will be involved in this year’s chip seal program that will cover over 78 lane miles. The area to be “chipped” is bounded by 1st Street on the east, I-70 B on the north Broadway (State Hwy 340) on the south and City Limits to the west. This year’s program will start Monday, June 14th.
  • HA-5 – Thick, flexible seal material that the City has been piloting for three years. The product is used in neighborhoods as an alternative to Chip Seal. Almost 20 lane-miles are proposed this year. Mountain View Estates, High Pointe, Pioneer Meadows, Dawn, Belhaven and Copper Creek are just a few of the subdivisions slated for 2021. This work is scheduled to start the week of July 12th.

As a reminder, streets within the community are maintained by different entities. Streets with blue street signs are City of Grand Junction, streets with green signs are maintained by Mesa County while CDOT has many of the major corridors such as I-70B, North Ave (US Hwy 6), US Hwy 50 on Orchard Mesa, and Broadway (State Hwy 340) on the Redlands. CDOT has scheduled North Avenue for an overlay and median reconstructions in 2022. This will give the various utility providers 2021 to upgrade/update their utilities prior to the overlay. Maintenance concerns for each entity can be shared at the following phone numbers: City of Grand Junction: 970-244-1575; Mesa County: (970) 244-1895; CDOT: 970-683-6300.

We appreciate everyone's patience through our various construction zones as the City works to improve your ride. Good streets are good for all of us who live here, and also good for our economy.  

Contact: Greg LeBlanc, Sr. Assistant to the City Manager | 970-244-1557 or gregoryl@gjcity.org

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