Public Works will conduct a study of speed limits along the city's minor-arterials in 2017. Data collected during the study will be used to establish recommended speed limits for segments of the city’s minor arterials based on existing speed data/statistics and an analysis of existing roadway characteristics. Speed limit recommendations will be established using standard methods and guidance provided in the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Methods and Practices for Setting Speed Limits.
The speed study is being conducted in response to citizen complaints indicating that the 30 mph speed limit on many of the city’s minor arterials is unreasonably low. Speed limits on several minor arterials were lowered to 30 mph in early 2016, following recommendations from the city’s Traffic Issues Task Force.
In response to routine observations of congestion-related traffic delays, traffic accidents, safety concerns, and citizen petitions to improve intersections on Hillcrest Drive, the city completed a traffic study of the Hillcrest corridor between Miami and Niagara. This study, performed by Calibre Engineering, was the first step in a multi-step process for improving traffic flow and safety through the corridor.
The traffic study evaluated existing intersection capacities and provided recommendations for improvements based on both present and anticipated future traffic volumes. These recommendations serve as the basis for future construction projects to improve the corridor.
This project, funded mostly by Safe Routes to Schools grant dollars, aligned the vehicle access to Columbine Middle School with Park Avenue, creating a four-way intersection. Bulbouts were incorporated into the design in order to create a safer pedestrian environment for students by reducing crosswalk distances, creating crosswalks in all four directions, and eliminating the skewed crosswalk geometry. The pedestrian crosswalk on South 12th at Rotary Park, also part of the project, features new, smaller bulbouts as well.
East Oak Grove Road Reconstruction
Widening and repaving of the old county road portion of East Oak Grove Road between Walgreens and Bear Lake Drive, completed in 2015, will increase safety for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists and relieve traffic loads on other east-west arterials. Improvements included through lanes in each direction, a center turn lane, bike lanes, and detached sidewalks.
Designated as one of the City’s highest priority transportation projects, work got under way after a multi-year effort to design, fund, and acquire the necessary right-of way. Preliminary work to relocate utilities and irrigation systems was done in late 2014, setting the stage for the primary construction activities in 2015 at an estimated cost of $3,000,000.
Construction of new sidewalks along the east side of South Townsend Avenue from Woodgate Road to Walmart will greatly improve pedestrian access. The project was officially completed in September 2015. A grant from CDOT's Gunnison Valley Transportation Planning Region covered approximately 80 percent of the total project cost. View project plans.
Water Infrastructure Improvements (Water Fund)
A total of $816,875 was budgeted in 2015 for valve/hydrant replacements, East Oak Grove Road improvements, N. First/Junction cast iron replacement, S. Fourth/Park/Mesa line replacement, Anderson Road line replacement, Water Master Plan updates, monitoring equipment replacement, and municipal properties automatic valve installation pilot project.
Public Works has completed installation of a new water meter reading system that uses the latest technology to reduce administrative costs and expand services to utility customers. The project, involving the replacement of 7,450 commercial and residential meter reading radios throughout the City’s water distribution system, began in May 2014.
The new meter reading system utilizes fixed-base advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) technology to collect hourly water usage information via data transmissions from each meter. Enhanced reporting information from the meters equips utilities personnel to provide detailed usage information when responding to billing inquiries and customers can use the information to evaluate irrigation volumes and flow rates to better manage water resources and costs.
Montrose Water Sports Park
Montrose now has its very own whitewater park, thanks in part to a $259,000 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), obtained in partnership with the Montrose Recreation District.
The park was designed with all citizens in mind – from ankle waders to expert kayakers. It includes six drop structures, terraced spectating areas, and beach areas. Fish habitat mitigation upstream of the fishing pier in Riverbottom Park, construction of soft-surface trails around the McNeil Fields, and concrete trail adjacent to the Ute Fields were also completed as part of the project. Learn more ...
Capital Improvement Funding
One of the City's financial priorities is to substantially increase the funding set aside for key capital improvement projects. The City also actively pursues grant funding as a tool for enhancing project funds. Capital projects associated with water and sewer infrastructure are funded under their respective enterprise funds.