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Downtown project to begin June 10

Posted: Friday, Jun 7th, 2013

Photo by Toni Steffens-Steward Monte Vista residents and business owners listened as Dick Brasher and explained plans for the downtown construction project.

MONTE VISTA—Concerned Monte Vista residents and business owners joined Concrete Works representatives at an informational meeting held on May 30.

LaSheita Sayer, serving as the public relations liaison for the project, began the meeting by saying they were there to explain when and how the company would take on the downtown paving and sidewalk project.

Benefits of the project include allowing for easily identified parking areas, dedicated left turn lane and a “bike buffer,” she explained. The bike buffer is most commonly referred to as a bike lane.

Dick Brasher, vice president of Concrete Works of Colorado, said the company has done similar projects in downtown Boulder, 14th Street in Denver and Glenwood springs. He said the project was going to interfere with business downtown, but that he could assure everyone that they would, “say what we’re going to do, and we actually do it.”

Other projects have taught them how to minimize impacts and communicate with people. One of the ways to lessen that impact is through creative phasing. They would work to maintain pedestrian access to businesses during construction and try to coordinate with business when scheduling interruptions.

He said they had intended to begin work on June 3, but then they were informed that the public, and business owners, expected for work to begin no sooner than two weeks after the public meeting. They rescheduled the start date to June 10 to try to accommodate that expectation.

The crew will work from Monday through Thursday each week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Brasher said that crews will, and already have, utilize local businesses including restaurants and entertainment.

Brasher took questions from the crowd and visited with business owners and other residents after the meeting. The crew will try to set up individual plans with business owners to ensure that customers can still reach them during the work. They will also have more information on possible detours and the process for completing work at the intersections of Adams Street and Highway 285 at a later date.

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