Park Avenue project starts next week

Reconstruction of Park Avenue begins Monday, and crews will be on scene staging equipment and materials near the intersection of Cloud Cap Avenue and Piedra Road where the bulk of the initial work will begin.

According to Archuleta County Public Works Director Ken Feyen, there are — to date — no detours planned and traffic will be managed using lane closures and flaggers.

“That’s the initial plan,” Feyen said. “We’ll see how it goes.”

Feyen explained that once crews are mobilized one of their first tasks will be to mill the length of Park Avenue.

“We’re going to turn all of Park Avenue into a gravel road,” Feyen said, adding that a well-maintained gravel road will serve travelers better during the project period than leaving the road in its badly potholed state.

Once milled, paving will commence in segments through the two-mile project area.

The Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners awarded the $1.81 million Park Avenue construction contract June 5 to Grand Junction-based Elam Construction Inc.

Although Park Avenue reconstruction is about to begin, the future of paving Holiday Avenue remains uncertain.

Feyen said he anticipates receiving final engineering plans for Holiday Avenue next week. Once those plans are in hand, the county can either put paving Holiday out to bid, or seek a change order with Elam Construction.

Archuleta County Administrator Greg Schulte said paving Holiday Avenue this summer will be contingent upon bids falling within the county budget.

Feyen said Park Avenue reconstruction should be complete by Oct. 16.