Traffic disruptions will begin on Sherman Street Monday, June 3, as the first phase of the reconstruction of Sherman from Railroad Avenue to Riverview Avenue gets under way.
The initial phase will involve replacing the water main from Railroad to Riverview and a section of sewer main at East 8th Avenue and Sherman over the course of two weeks starting June 3. This will include intermittent street closures along Sherman and its intersections as well as some temporary water shutoffs. Water customers who will be affected by outages will be notified as the project progresses.
Traffic control and detour signage will be in place and motorists are advised to seek alternate routes when possible.
The tentative schedule calls for the water line work to move from Railroad north to the 500 block of Sherman in the first week, and to continue from the 800 block to Riverview in the second week. This schedule is subject to change based on weather and other conditions and the progress of the work.
The initial work near the intersection of Railroad and Sherman could affect the operation and timing of the traffic signal controlling that intersection.
The underground utility work is being done in advance of the city’s largest street paving project of 2019, to cover the same long stretch of Sherman. The road reconstruction and paving will follow the water line work as quickly as possible, but no dates have been set at this time.
Other utility work began this week with the replacement of the sewer main line in West 7th Avenue from Lane Street to West Street. That project will also include street closures and detours along 7th Avenue that will possibly continue into the first week of June. Sewer service should not be affected for most residents.
These and other construction projects under way around Fort Morgan are part of the city’s ongoing capital improvement plan, which is aimed at 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.
The Sherman Street repaving, as well as resurfacing of many other city streets either already completed or planned for this summer, is made possible by Fort Morgan’s “Strictly for Streets” improvement program that is funded by a voter-approved 1 percent sales tax used exclusively for street and alley improvements. City officials appreciate residents’ support of the Strictly for Streets initiative and their willingness to invest in the city’s critical infrastructure.
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