The RAMP Update for 4/22/16 by Naomi Lodge, CDOT
I think our production for the week really demonstrated the phrase “weather permitting” as crews mucked their way through a partial workweek after our 3 day storm. The saturation of the ground limited production on the new parking lot but allowed us to make headway with the drainage in the first block of North Lena.
Thankfully, the sun is out now and work has really picked up as we near the end of the week. Not wanting to lose that momentum we intend to work through Saturday for the next couple of weeks allowing us to still achieve the May 6 reopening of the first block of Lena Street north of SH 62. Weather permitting… we will open the new parking lot at Railroad Street and SH 62 by the end of the day Tuesday, April 26, 2016.
Crews will start on the second stretch of North Lena Street on Thursday, April 28. Once this closure is in place access to the post office will be limited to foot traffic with parking available at Hartwell Park or on Clinton Street. For your safety, please follow the direction of the flaggers and signs and only cross Lena Street in designated areas.
Saturday is the Annual Clean Up Day for the Ridgway town residents. Dumpsters will be provided in the parking lot north of the library off Railroad Street from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. ACC will not be performing construction in this area and Railroad street will be fully open to two-way traffic.
Stay Alert! Monday and Tuesday, flaggers will be initiating occasional traffic holds on SH 62 at Railroad Street as we finalize the opening of the parking lot. This will occur during standard construction hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Traffic holds will be minimal and should not exceed 5 minutes. Pedestrians and bicyclists should use marked crosswalks and sidewalks to access the park and businesses on Lena.
One Final Note: The Town of Ridgway and CenturyLink are doing utility work in the local streets independent from of the Ramp Up Ridgway! project. They are working with ACC in order to minimize impacts.
Please be alert to personnel in the work zone and drive slow through the cone zone!
Public Information: 970-430-0933 Email: SH62Ridgway@accbuilt.com
What is “Ramp Up Ridgway!”?
In October 2013, Governor Hickenlooper and Colorado Department of Transportation announced the contribution of $10.5M through the Responsible Acceleration of Maintenance and Partnerships (RAMP) for the purpose of improving the Highway 62 corridor through town and the downtown Historic Business District north of Highway 62. Ridgway pledged a $2.0M match that was secured through the sale of municipal bonds and an affirmative vote of the Ridgway community in 2014 for a property tax increase.
The project includes hard-surfacing streets, pedestrian sidewalk, storm drainage, decorative lighting and furnishings (benches, artwork, trash/recycle receptacles, low-level lighting elements, landscaping). Highway 62 will have a center turn lane from Laura Street to the Uncompahgre River Bridge. This improvement project is being led by a partnership team consisting of members from the Town of Ridgway, CDoT, DHM Design, and David Evans and Associates.
What Parts of Town Will This Project Affect?
Ridgway’s Historic Business District north of Highway 62 and the Highway 62 corridor through the Town from Amelia Street to Highway 550.
What is the Timeline?
Project design commenced in 2014 with 3 public meetings for local input and design is planned to be completed in the summer of 2015. Utility relocations, clearances and outreach are happening in 2015.
Construction is planned to begin mid-March 2016 and continue through the end of 2016. It is possible that construction will continue into 2017.
Ridgway Community Support for this Project:
In 2005, the Ridgway community passed a 0.6% sales tax increase with an eye on downtown improvements. In 2006, the Town developed a plan that would enhance the downtown streetscape and pedestrian experience while preserving the local character, creating outdoor spaces, and improving circulation and parking. For the next 10 years the Town worked on that downtown plan and numerous partnerships with CDoT to be able to realize some of these improvements. The Town’s 2011 Land Use Plan identifies downtown investment as a priority for the community. In April 2014, the community approved a ballot question allowing the sale of municipal bonds and increasing property taxes. The question passed with 76% voting in favor.
2016 Downtown Investment Key Elements (that are not known today):
- Final design and construction elements
- Final project cost with budget priorities for the final project scope
- Traffic detour routes, opportunities and full impacts
- Construction time frame (can we finish in 2016?)
- Construction phasing and timing for each area