Residents have already seen lots of road construction work around the city, but actual street resurfacing under Fort Morgan’s “Strictly for Streets” improvement program will ramp up soon and start showing results in the form of freshly paved roads.
The work under way up to now has been underground infrastructure projects such as replacement of water main lines, installation of valves and other necessary upgrades. This is being done in advance on streets targeted for resurfacing under Strictly for Streets to avoid having to cut or tear up the new road surfaces to work on underground utilities.
The underground utility work is being paid for from the budgets of the various utility departments such as the water or sewer funds. The Strictly for Streets funding generated by a new voter-approved 1 percent sales tax will be used only for street and alley improvements and associated infrastructure like sidewalk ramps.
The underground work should wrap up in the next week or two and then paving contractors can mobilize for their part of the program. The plan is to start May 29 with the “milling” of the remainder of Railroad Avenue – milling is the grinding off of the existing asphalt pavement. That work should take the remainder of that week and the target date to start paving Railroad Avenue is June 4.
City officials strongly caution residents that these dates are tentative and very much subject to change due to a number of factors, such as weather, unexpected problems encountered during the project and other variables. Traffic control signage will be in place in all work areas as the projects progress.
As the Railroad Avenue paving proceeds, the contractor plans to completely close three to four blocks at a time and keep them closed for two to three days. One reason for this is the process to be used for the repaving, which includes the use of a specialized fabric pavement mat which goes down first before the asphalt is laid on top of it.
While the exact dates are uncertain, the general order of the milling and paving projects that will come after the completion of Railroad Avenue is as follows:
Barlow Road from Platte Avenue (US 34) to Interstate 76
Eighth Avenue from Sherman Street to the eastern city limit
Ensign Street from Platte Avenue (US 34) to Seventh Street
Gayle Street from Meng Drive to Ram Avenue
Meng Drive from Gayle Street to Cherry Street.
Also planned this year under the Strictly for Streets program are a number of “chip seal” resurfacing treatments on some city streets. These will be done by a different contractor on a separate schedule that has not yet been firmed up. But the chip seal projects are expected to be performed in the following order:
Seventh Avenue from West Street to Main Street
Cheyenne Street from Arapahoe Street to Comanche Street
Aspen Street from Gateway Avenue to Burlington Avenue
Riverview Avenue from Vickie Street to Barlow Road.
The city will be using as many methods as possible to get the word out to residents about the status and progress of the Strictly for Streets program. In addition to media release and postings on the city website and social media, residents can expect to see fliers, posters, signs, door hangers and other informational items around town during the summer.
These and other construction projects around Fort Morgan are part of the city’s ongoing goal of continually investing in infrastructure such as streets, water and sewer lines, parks and other public amenities. City officials appreciate the public’s patience and understanding during the periods of inconvenience caused by these necessary upgrades.
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