Projects Affecting Traffic the Week of 4/1/19

Road Work

City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

F ½ Road Closure West of 31 Road – Lewis Wash Bridge Replacement Project

  • F ½ Road will be closed to through traffic between 30 Road and 31 Road, 24/7
  • Detour route will be in place
  • Residents living west of Lewis Wash and Thunder Mountain Elementary School traffic use 30 Road
  • Residents living east of Lewis Wash including Allegheny Drive use 31 Road
  • Anticipated completion – mid April.

Reeder Mesa Road – Water Line Replacement

  • Watch for truck and heavy equipment traffic along both Reeder Mesa Road and Lands’ End Road
  • Expect occasional daytime closures
  • Message boards at each end of Reeder Mesa Road will give specific closure dates
  • Detour route will be in place on days of closure
  • Anticipated completion – May.

Orchard Avenue Safe Routes to School Project –Sidewalk Construction

  • New curb, gutter and sidewalk, south side of Orchard between 29 Road and Melody Lane
  • Construction hours will be 7am to 4pm
  • Accommodations will be made for pedestrian traffic
  • Motorists can expect delays during work hours
  • Anticipated completion – April.

Orchard Avenue Irrigation Project from Melody Lane to 28 ¾ Road

  • Crews will be installing new irrigation pipe along the south side of Orchard Ave
  • Expect alternating one-lane traffic with delays
  • Alternate route is advised
  • Anticipated completion – April.

Two Rivers Convention Center – Remodel Project

  • Main Street will be closed to both pedestrian and vehicle traffic between 1st Street and 2nd Street, Monday – Friday 6am to 6pm
  • Detour route will be in place
  • Anticipated completion – Friday, April 5.


Non-City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

32 Road Sewer Line Replacement Project – Clifton Sanitation District Project

  • Watch for utility construction (various locations) along 32 Road between I-70B and D Road
  • Please slow down through the work zones and obey traffic control signs and personnel
  • Motorists may experience intermittent lane closures and detours
  • Anticipated Completion – September.

Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager   970-244-1507 or samr@gjcity.org

Sharrows to be Installed at Select Locations Across the Grand Valley

Among the Strategic Directives in the Grand Junction Strategic Plan adopted by City Council is Planning & Infrastructure. One of the success metrics of the directive Full Bike Laneaddresses continuing to enhance the bicycle friendliness of our community. As a result, the City of Grand Junction’s Public Works Department has begun installing new traffic control markings and signage in key corridors to improve the level of comfort and safety for bicycle traffic. Federal guidelines in the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), detail a pavement marking symbol called a Shared Lane Use symbol, frequently referred to as a “sharrow”. The pavement marking symbol is often accompanied by a sign that states, “Bicycles May Use Full Lane”. The sharrow signs and markings are only intended for streets that meet very specific criteria, such as narrow streets that do not have enough width to accommodate bike lanes. Additionally, streets where sharrows are installed typically have low vehicular volumes, a posted speed limit of 35 mph or less, and frequent bicycle traffic. Sharrows are also commonly used at the entrances to roundabouts, because bike lanes cannot be marked within the roundabout and bicyclists are expected to use the travel lane.

SharrowsThe sharrow signs and markings are intended to advise vehicle drivers to expect the presence of bicycles and encourage safe passing of bicyclists by motorists. On streets and roads that do not have bike lanes, bicyclists have the right to utilize the travel lane just like motor vehicles, per the Model Traffic Code for Colorado. Therefore, the presence of a sharrow does not change the rules of the road, rather it serves as a reminder that cars and bicycles need to share the road.

The markings have become very common throughout the world, but these will be the first installations within Grand Junction. Locations that will be installed include the entrances to the 7th and Main Street Roundabout, West Main Street beginning at the Riverfront trail connection (at the cul de sac) and continuing to the Main Street Pedestrian Bridge, and a few areas on the Tour of the Moon Byway. Each of these locations are on routes that have been identified as key bicycle corridors and also meet the criteria for locations where sharrows can be used.

The first installations were installed on Tuesday, March 19, along South Broadway. These are within the corridor designated as the Tour of the Moon Byway, a popular route for road bicyclists.  Other locations will be installed throughout the coming months.

Please watch for crews as this work is being completed. For additional information on the City’s Strategic Plan, follow this link.


Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager   970-244-1507 or samr@gjcity.org

City Earns Improved Credit Rating

bbi-blog-post-image-reporting-full-width-4S&P Global has notified the City of Grand Junction that it has raised its long-term rating for the City of Grand Junction to AA- from A+. The S&P rating is a credit score that describes the general creditworthiness of a company, city, or county that issues debt and the likelihood that debt will be repaid. As a result, a higher rated city will likely pay lower interests costs than a lower rated city. The best rating given by S&P is AAA and the worst is D.

The rating report issued by S&P states that the higher rating for the City of Grand Junction “reflects our view of the City’s positive operating performance and maintenance of a very strong reserve position, coupled with a reduction in the City’s overall net debt burden. While the local economy has seen a relatively slow recovery from the recession, stable growth in recent years and the broader region’s efforts to diversify the employment base have resulted in an overall stable revenue growth trend in recent years, contributing to the positive operations. Additionally, the implementation and formalization of what we consider strong financial management policies and practices have enhanced our view of credit quality, as management’s efforts have proved fruitful in balancing the budget and replenishing the general fund reserve in a timely manner. We believe these strengths will persist throughout the foreseeable future.”

S&P specifically noted that they view the City’s management as strong and cited the implementation of a five-year general fund forecast and 10-year capital improvement plan as reasons for the upgrade. Other factors that led S&P to upgrade the City’s rating included the city use of historical data and external sources to help forecast revenue streams while taking a systematic and realistic approach to all line items in the budget every year. S&P also highlighted the City’s minimum reserve requirement and the policy requiring a replenishment of that balance if brought to a level below the minimum requirement.

According to City Manager Greg Caton, “Through the leadership of City Council and staff we set out three years ago to improve the City’s financial position. This has taken some time to accomplish, but through strategic decisions and establishing sound financial policies we have now been recognized, and our efforts have been validated, by a very creditable third party. Community members should be very proud of the City’s overall fiscal health.”

S&P also credited the City’s stable outlook and growing local economy for the increase in rating stating that “the City’s growing local economy, which, although slow, has begun to recover from the recent recession and has been growing at a sustainable pace. The outlook further reflects our expectation that the City will maintain its very strong reserves and strong budgetary performance over the next two years, supported by what we consider strong financial management policies and practices.”

If you wish to see the S&P report in full, you can find a link to it here.


Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager   970-244-1507 or samr@gjcity.org

The City of Grand Junction Election Day is Just Around the Corner!

DidYouVote.pngIn order to ensure your ballot is counted, it must be received by the Mesa County Elections Division by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, April 2.  Postmarks do not count as a received date.

Ballots were mailed to registered voters within the City limits.  If for some reason you did not receive your ballot, please visit the Mesa County Elections Division for a replacement ballot at 200 South Spruce Street.  They are open Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and on Election Day (April 2) from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Because there may not be enough time to mail your ballot and have it received by the deadline, it is recommended that you return your ballot to one of the drop boxes listed below:

AVAILABLE 24 HOURS UNTIL 7:00 P.M. ON ELECTION DAY

   Outside Ballot Boxes at:

  • Grand Junction City Hall: 250 North 5th Street (look for free 10-minute metered parking spots for this purpose)
  • Mesa County Central Services: 200 South Spruce Street
  • Grand Valley Transit – West Transfer Facility: 612 24-1/2 Road
  • Department of Human Services: 510 29-1/2 Road

AVAILABLE 8:00 A.M. TO 5:00 P.M. MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AND 7:00 A.M. TO 7:00 P.M. ON ELECTION DAY

  • Mesa County Central Services (inside ballot box)
    • Clerk & Recorder: 200 South Spruce Street, Main Entrance
    • Elections Department: 200 South Spruce Street, West Entrance

For questions or additional information, please call the City Clerk’s Office at (970) 244-1509 or send an email to cityclerk@gjcity.org.

Free Classes for Liquor Sellers & Servers, Including Hotel/Restaurant Operators

The City of Grand Junction is offering FREE training for liquor licensees (owners), their managers and employees.Bartender

The training will cover:

  • Server responsibility
  • ID checking and enforcement
  • Recognizing signs of intoxication
  • Guarding against over service of patrons

Monday, April 8, 2019
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
City Hall Auditorium, 250 N. 5th Street

Police Service Technician Meghan Woodland, Grand Junction Police Department, has a fun and informative method of educating anyone who dispenses alcohol on how they can protect themselves and their patrons.

Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. and the class begins promptly at 1:00 p.m. Late arrivals will not be able to participate. Participants who stay for the entire class and complete the post-test and score a 70% or better on the post-test will receive certificates of completion for this State-certified class.

If you would like to participate in the class, please register online at www.gjcity.org.  For more information, call the City Clerk’s office at 970-244-1509 or e-mail janeth@gjcity.org.  Please note no food or beverages other than water are permitted in the Auditorium.  Please bring your own pen and paper for notes and the test.

Community Meeting to Address Ballot Questions

fancylogonobackgroundsized-fwCity Council will be holding a meeting to make a statement and receive questions and comments from the public regarding ballot questions 2A, 2B, and 2C.

On Wednesday, March 27th, at 6:00 p.m., the Grand Junction City Council will be hosting a community meeting to discuss the recent concerns about the ballot questions being considered by voters in the upcoming municipal election. The concerns are centered around the portion of the ballot language that attempted to illustrate how each of the tax increases would impact a purchase. Members of City Council, as well as staff, look forward to the opportunity to clarify ballot language and answer questions from community members. The meeting will be held in the auditorium at City Hall, located at 250 N. 5th Street.

As a reminder, this year voters are asked to consider the following questions on the ballot, due on April 2nd:

* Three Council seats up for election: District B, District C, and an At-large seat;

* Three sales tax questions: an increase in sales tax for first responders, transportation, and a community center;

* One question regarding the sale of Burkey Park; and

* Two questions concerning amendments to the City’s Charter (regarding franchises and lease terms).

A sample ballot can be found at www.gjcity.org/AprilElection.

 

A Statement from Grand Junction Mayor, Barbara Traylor Smith

fancylogonobackgroundsized-fw“Recently questions have been raised about the April ballot – on behalf of the City Council and staff I would like to respond to the concerns we have heard.

This week we heard concerns regarding question 2A and 2B. If these ballot questions pass, the tax rate will be .25% in 2A and .5% in 2B. The concern expressed is about the part of the ballot language that attempted to illustrate how the tax increase would impact a purchase; the language has raised questions. It was written with the intent to add further clarity; however, it has done the opposite. There is a mathematical explanation to the language; however, we erred in believing that would be the only explanation required. Only reading the verbiage, which is the same in both questions, (WHICH IS AN INCREASE OF ONE QUARTER CENT ON EACH TEN DOLLAR PURCHASE in 2A) and (WHICH IS AN INCREASE OF ONE HALF CENT ON EACH TEN DOLLAR PURCHASE in 2B) without doing a calculation, does result in an error. The City Council and staff had no intent to make the questions less clear or to purposely deceive anyone. This error was inadvertent and for that, we apologize.

It has also recently been brought to our attention that question 2C states $79,000,000 MILLION and $150,000,000 MILLION. In both of these instances the word MILLION should not have been included and therefore is in error. The numbers and the words are duplicated. It should simply read $79,000,000 and $150,000,000, respectively.

The City Council is concerned that the recent discussions about the form of the questions will take away from the true and important public discussion about content or why the questions are being asked. The City Council trusts that voters will decide these questions based on their own convictions about the importance of City services not the errors in the form of the questions that you may have read about or heard reported. The City needs an engaged citizenry and we welcome your input through the election process. Please carefully consider the substance of each question with your vote.”