Fraser lines up full slate of spring, summer projects
The Town of Fraser anticipates a summer filled with construction projects that will affect not only its residents and others in east Grand County, but summer travelers as well.
Work on County Road 804, installation of two new traffic lanes and signals at the southern end of Fraser on US Highway 40, and work to replace and rehab aging sewer lines in more established neighborhoods will all take place during the next few months.
“While we hope the disruptions are minimal, please understand that these are very important projects as we work to address a variety of problems,” said Town Manager Jeff Durbin . “We will post updated project information on our website (www.frasercolorado.com) as the work progresses.”
Project details include:
CR 804: This road surface is in need of substantial repairs. Winter Park Ranch Water and Sanitation District (WPRW&SD) will replace an existing, very old water main under CR 804 that has caused landslides below the road. Replacement of the main and service lines will cause numerous cuts to the asphalt on CR 804.
The project will result in a new asphalt surface from US Highway 40 up to the top of the hill. The Town of Fraser and project partners Grand County and WPRW&SD will host an informational meeting on Thursday, April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Fraser Historic Church and Community Center (107 Eisenhower Drive). Construction updates will be posted on the three entities’ websites. The work is expected to begin during the first week in May.
Lane additions and traffic signals: This project expands the scope of developer-funded traffic signal improvements with a grant from the state to add lanes from King’s Crossing Road in Winter Park to the East Grand Fire Station. Signals will be installed where Rendezvous Road and First Street intersect Hwy 40. Preliminary off-road utility work has begun.
The highway will remain open throughout the construction, but some delays may occur at various stages of work. Please exercise patience, caution and compassion for those working in this construction zone.
Sewer work: Some of Fraser’s sewer lines have been in place since the 1960s — over 50 years. Adam Cwiklin, Town of Fraser Water and Wastewater Superintendent says, “Our research has shown which main lines are in most urgent need of replacement.”
“We have worked with the Town Engineer to create plans to have this work accomplished by a qualified contractor. Bids have been received and are under consideration at this time,” said Town of Fraser Public Works Director Allen Nordin.
Fraser received funding from the state for almost half of the project’s estimated costs. The work is expected to begin in August. The project will replace and repair sewer mains to reduce the sources of groundwater entering the sewer collections system. Groundwater infiltration is causing significant problems at the wastewater treatment plant.
Excavation will take place in the public right of way and in utility easements on some private property. Minor service interruptions are anticipated. Public informational meetings will be announced closer to the start of construction so affected property owners can gain a better understanding of the process.
Pedestrian Bridge: Fraser also received bids for the installation of a pedestrian bridge across the Fraser River, construction of a raised boardwalk and an at-grade trail. This project will connect to a half-mile looped trail near the Lions Ponds and provide additional access to the 120-acre Cozens Ranch Open Space recreational area. A Great Outdoors Colorado grant helped fund this new outdoor amenity. The Fraser River Trail will remain open during this work with no negative impacts to trail users anticipated.
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