Montrose, CO — Contractors working for the City of Montrose will start the reconstruction of Riverbottom Drive on Monday, August 26. This project will include a waterline extension, piping of the existing stormwater and irrigation ditch, widening of the roadway to include on-street parking in each direction, the addition of sidewalks down both sides of the street, and a reconfiguration of the intersection at Rio-Grande Avenue.
Starting this winter, the Montrose Recreation District will also be renovating Holly Park situated on the northern side of Riverbottom Drive. Both projects are being made possible, in part, by a $500,000 Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) grant awarded to the city and Recreation District.
Construction is expected to continue into April 2020. Throughout construction, Riverbottom Drive will remain closed to through traffic and all traffic looking to access Riverbottom Park will be detoured to Apollo Drive.
During construction, the Apollo Road entrance to the park will be converted into a two-way street, allowing for alternate access. Pedestrians using the Uncompahgre Riverway Trail and looking to access Riverbottom Park may still do so via Riverbottom Drive.
As soon as the roadway is complete, it will reopen as a gravel road until the asphalt batch plants open in the spring, at which time there will be a second, several-day closure for final paving of the street.
The city asks that motorists and pedestrians respect all coned-off areas and exercise caution near the work area. Any questions regarding the project may be directed to City Engineer Scott Murphy at 970.901.1792.
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