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Paving project complete early and under budget

Crews will put the finishing touches on the Park Avenue reconstruction project today, with the county’s public works director calling for project completion Friday and at nearly $200,000 under budget.

In a road and bridge update before the county commissioners Tuesday, Ken Feyen, Archuleta County’s public works director, said crews would finish signage, striping and other minor paving details — weather permitting — today and Friday.

The original targeted completion date was Oct. 16, although the commissioners’ decision to add paving Holiday Avenue to the scope of work pushed the timetable back to early November. However, and despite the additional paving, crews appear poised to finish about two weeks ahead of schedule.

The Archuleta County Board of County Commissioners awarded the $1.81 million contract to Grand Junction-based Elam Construction Inc. June 5, with the original plan to reconstruct Park Avenue and a portion of Cloud Cap Avenue.

With Park Avenue bids coming in at nearly $500,000 under estimates, that left county staff with dollars to repave Holiday Avenue.

To that end, Archuleta County Administrator Greg Schulte approved a change order May 20 that gave Davis Engineering the go-ahead to undertake design work and construction management that would entail resurfacing Holiday from Midiron Drive to Masters Circle.

The Park and Holiday avenue projects were touted as the first big push to demonstrate to Archuleta County residents that the county could obtain funding, identify projects, execute and complete road work on budget and according to schedule.

Feyen described the Park Avenue projects as a success story.

“I think it was a combination of a very good set of plans, Elam, and Davis Engineering’s supervision,” Feyen said.

All told, more than two miles of road were paved.

In preparation for road work slated for 2010, and following Feyen’s briefing, the commissioners approved awarding a contract to Davis Engineering for design and construction engineering services for reconstructing Aspenglow Boulevard, Handicap Avenue and, as an option, a portion of Carlee Place.

james@pagosasun.com