Work is already beginning on the second year of the City of Fort Morgan’s “Strictly for Streets” road improvement program.
Some preliminary underground and concrete work has already started, and milling of road surfaces in preparation for new pavement is scheduled to begin next week (week of April 29).
The focus in the first phase will be streets that don’t impact school bus routes and can thus be done while school is still in session. This first phase is scheduled to run from now through approximately May 21, although that schedule is subject to change according to conditions and progress of the work.
The streets to be repaired and resurfaced during the opening phase of the 2019 Strictly for Streets program include:
- East Bijou Avenue from Beaver Drive to Dilli Drive, in the city’s Industrial Park
- The Fort Morgan Airport access road
- Murchy Place from Sherman Street to Aspen Street
- Karen Street from East Eighth Avenue to East Ninth Avenue
- West Sixth Avenue from West Street to Ensign Street.
The street improvements will necessarily cause traffic disruptions and motorists are advised to avoid the work areas when possible. Detour signage will be in place and drivers should obey all traffic control signage.
After the completion of the first phase the Strictly for Streets 2019 will take a break until school ends and replacement of water and sewer lines can be completed in the next areas slated for repaving. These include the year’s biggest undertaking, repaving Sherman Street from Railroad Avenue to Riverview Avenue, as well as the far east two blocks of East Sixth Avenue; West Ninth Avenue west of West Street; West Seventh Avenue west of West Street; and Acoma Avenue from West Street to Nelson Road.
Additional residential streets will receive new chip-seal surface treatments during the course of the summer.
The 2019 Strictly for Streets paving program cost is estimated at $3.1 million, which will completely repave about three miles of streets and chip seal about 1.67 additional miles.
The Strictly for Streets program is an ongoing initiative funded by a 1 percent sales tax approved by voters in the 2017 election. It will eventually lead to the resurfacing of nearly every one of the city’s 54 centerline miles of streets. City officials appreciate the community’s patience as these important and long-overdue street improvements are made.
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