Starting March 12, Grand Avenue will be closed to through traffic from Main Street to North Fifth Street, according to the city. Ute and Selig avenues and side streets near the project area will remain accessible via alternate routes on North Fourth and North Ninth streets.
After this section is complete, the city will continue with the project south at Main Street to South First Street. At that time, both the south and north side of Main Street at the Grand Avenue traffic light will be closed and the project will include the replacement of the signal.
The final leg of the project includes construction on the Main Street intersection and traffic will be narrowed to two lanes during this stage.
Access to businesses and residences will be maintained and steps are being taken to minimize any negative impacts, Project Manager John Harris said.
Motorists should expect detours and construction delays when traveling through this project area.
"Traffic detouring can't be avoided at this point in the project," Harris told council members Monday.
Construction of the Main Street bridge at the Uncompahgre River by the Colorado Department of Transportation also is expected to start while the city is working on the project. Harris said the city is trying to coordinate with CDOT to assure the least amount of impact to the area and motorists.
Plans to extend road improvements to Oak Grove Road are on hold while funding and right of way issues are resolved, according to the city.