The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and United Companies began work Monday, July 20, throughout Montrose and Delta counties as part of a federal aid project. Inclement weather delayed the work that was originally slated to begin the week of June 26.
Repair and improvement to aged, damaged road surfaces will greatly enhance safety, flow and efficiency for travelers along the corridor. Barring further weather delays, the project is expected to last 45 working days with minimal traffic obstruction. Improvements will include asphalt patching, chip seal resurfacing, and epoxy and thermoplastic pavement marking. Message boards will be placed at each location during the construction process to keep residents and commuters aware of project progression. Boards will be updated on a regular basis.
"We look forward to getting this project underway after being hindered by the weather," said Jim Hatheway, CDOT consultant project engineer. "The driving surface improvements will ultimately provide positive impacts for residents and visitors of Montrose and Delta counties."
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.