Work is progressing on construction of a new parking lot at County Line on Grand Mesa. As of last week it was about half finished, according to construction managers on site.
An armada of heavy equipment will move over 5,000 cubic yards of material before achieving the proper fill and grade necessary for the off-highway parking. The lot is designed for over 80 single passenger vehicles. Fewer than 30 vehicles were adequately accommodated at the highway-corridor parking area. The new parking area will be about three-quarters the size of the Mesa Top parking area.
Hopes are that a late September date will see completion of the graveled-in work for the parking area. But Mother Nature's weather programmer hasn't weighed in on that topic yet.
Once the lot is graveled in it will be barricaded until the ground freezes, construction managers said. When ground freeze occurs and the lot is good to use for parking and for winter snow plowing, barricades will be removed and the lot opened for use by winter visitors.
New restroom and changing room structures are planned. Parking lot paving and construction of acceleration/deceleration lanes are planned for future construction seasons, construction managers said.