East Oak Grove Road Improvement Project

Overview
The City of Montrose is widening East Oak Grove Road between Townsend Avenue and Bear Lake Drive. Final project plans and right of way purchases are complete.

Some trees along the road right of way have been removed to clear the way for relocation of power lines, communications utilities, and some irrigation facilities.  Utilities were relocated in later 2014 and early 2015 during the irrigation off-season. More than 20 trees will be planted within the project area as replacements for the trees removed during this project.

With the irrigation piping and utilities relocated and back into service, construction of the roadway began in the early spring of 2015.  Construction will conclude in October. 
Project Status
October 31, 2015 - We are pleased to announce that paving and striping of East Oak Grove was completed today and the road is open to the public! 
 
Over the course of construction the change was gradual enough that it is easy to forget just how narrow the original roadway was and how much work has taken place over the past eleven months.  As a reminder of what the project area looked like before work began, view a series of photographs showing the drastic transformation.  

Over the last year the following activities have taken place within the project area: removal and clearing of the new right of way, relocation of select fencing, demolition of several blighted houses, relocation/replacement of all irrigation piping within the project area, relocation of overhead powerlines below ground, extension/relocation of new communications and gas utilities, a waterline replacement, replacement of water services, construction of a new water system control vault, rebasing of the roadway (which included removal and replacement 3.5 feet of soil the entire length of the roadway), construction of stormwater piping and water quality swales, construction of new sidewalks and curb/gutter, final grading, landscaping trees and new sprinkler piping, red-rock landscaping, paving, signage, and striping.  
 
Final landscaping and cleaning will take place over the next few weeks, but this should not require any additional roadway closures.  
 
Final project costs will be calculated over the next month, but the project will be several hundred thousand dollars under budget. 

October 1, 2015 - After many months of construction, the end of the East Oak Grove Road widening project is in sight. The next phase of the project will focus on completing the concrete curb, gutter, and sidewalks and final shaping of the roadway base that, once completed, will allow for paving to begin.  

Paving is scheduled to start October 12, weather permitting, and is expected to take one to two weeks to complete. Immediately following paving, the roadway will be striped and opened to traffic. Some remaining landscaping and concrete work alongside the roadway will take place after paving, but these items will not delay opening of the road.   
 
The City has appreciated the patience of residents throughout the course of this project and is excited to be wrapping the project up.  

May 7, 2015 - The project is on schedule and most of the utility relocation work has been completed.  This included relocation of the irrigation piping network, replacement of the City’s water main, installation of a new control vault on the City’s water system, installation of fiber-optic conduit, relocation of the power lines below ground, and extension of a natural gas pipeline. 
 
Work will now focus on completing a rebuild of the roadway’s base section.  This includes removing the soft, saturated clay soils beneath the roadway and replacing them with imported structural fill.  The contractor will then focus on pouring of the new sidewalks, curb, and gutter, paving of the roadway, and restoration/landscaping of the project area.  The project is on schedule for completion by the end of this summer.