City officials say the first part of the project between 12th Street and 23rd Street is expected to break ground beginning in the fall. The revitalization efforts are bringing a whole new philosophy on pedestrian and traffic accessibility on the roadway.
“We’re really trying to build North Avenue out to a complete street concept which really allows all types of users to access [the roadway] safely,” said project engineer John Eklund.
Redesigned sidewalks will create more of a barrier between fast moving traffic and pedestrians. Hundreds of new plants, shrubs and trees are anticipated to fill the corridor, as well as lanes to improve traffic safety and flow.
“They’ll be adding several bus stops [to] get the buses out of the traffic lane,” said member of the North Avenue Owner’s Association Kevin Bray.
Grand Junction City officials have been collecting public comments on the North Avenue revitalization project since 2013. Finally about a year and a half later, the construction schematics are almost ready to see bids for the project.
Phase one of construction in late 2015 will be funded by a million dollar grant awarded to the city. The North Avenue Owner’s Association is hoping to continue positive momentum on the corridor and are making plans for $10 million dollars of total invested improvements over the next four years.