Thursday, February, 1st, 2018 at 1:08 pm by Dave Grossman
Briefing Statement FY 2018
National Park Service
Construction on Rim Rock Drive
Colorado National Monument
Jan. 29 to Feb. 28, Rim Rock Drive will close between Artist’s Point and Highland View (approx. 1 mile) to completely re-construct a portion of the road that is failing.
From March thru the end of July, construction repairs will be made on the East Hill, from the East Entrance to the point that the road exits the monument on Glade Park Road (about 5 miles).
Visitors will be advised to take alternate routes to avoid delays for the East Hill project.
Park staff is working with the county, local officials and media to communicate road closure information. Park staff also developed a brochure to hand out to visitors/partners, which highlights where the closures and delays will occur.
The project is funded through the Federal Highway Administration.
A section of road between Artist’s Point and Highland View – 100+ yards – has been repaired multiple times and continues to fail due to expansive clay soils.
The East Hill has multiple areas with minor road failures, sluffing, pavement cracking, curb failures, and other maintenance needs, and has not received comprehensive attention.
The contractor, Old Castle SW Group, Inc., is local to the Grand Junction area and has experience working on other National Park Service projects.
The pre-construction conference was held Jan. 18, and the contractor elected to start signing the work site Jan. 29.
Public outreach and communications started immediately after the pre-construction conference, and will continue through July.