The Grand Junction roadway system is a $266 million asset, and it affects each of us in our daily lives and can be shown to be linked to Grand Junction’s economic vitality. Street maintenance is extremely important, and the City of Grand Junction is taking that very seriously.
In April 2017, Grand Junction voters resoundingly approved ballot question 2B. Approval of this ballot question is making it possible for the City of Grand Junction to use approximately $3.8 million in TABOR (Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights) funds in the Riverside Parkway savings account in addition to the amount already being spent on street maintenance projects and pavement preservation for five years. This will equate to an average of nearly $7 million being devoted to street maintenance and road projects through 2021 and it is making a dramatic difference in the quality of road travel in our community. In 2017 the City invested $8.34 million on maintenance of our street network including $2.3 million on reconstruction of 1st Street.
2018 marks the second year of this investment and the City of Grand Junction will be investing $5.8 on our street network including the $1.4 million reconstruction of 7th Street. This increased level of investment will continue from 2019 through 2021 with an additional $21.4 million invested.
City Manager Greg Caton notes, “Investing in infrastructure is one of the strategic directives outlined in the strategic plan adopted by City Council in 2017. The City is making a very deliberate effort to improve the quality of the roadway system here in Grand Junction and our efforts are already noticeable. There is often inconvenience associated with increased road work, but we are confident that the end result will be well worth the short-term disruption and that our roads will be something we can all feel good about.”
Road quality is graded on a scale of 1 to 100 on a PCI (pavement condition index). The overall average PCI of the Grand Junction streets system was most recently at a score of 69. This is down from 78 in 2004 due to reduced spending during earlier years. The desire is to reverse this trend in Grand Junction and the City is doing just that. It is worth noting that the quality of Grand Junction roads is above roads in many other Colorado communities, some notably: Colorado Springs (56), Greeley (62), Durango (65), Littleton (66), Northglenn (62), Montrose (68), and Steamboat Springs (68).
Out of 70 communities surveyed by the Colorado Asphalt Paving Association (CAPA), the weighted average across the State of Colorado was a 68 with many communities trying to “catch up”. A new survey of City street conditions will be conducted this fall that will provide an indicator on progress to date and help prioritize future investments in City of Grand Junction street infrastructure.
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