Granby digs into temporary parking enhancement work
Over the last few weeks Granby residents may have noticed a series of street projects being undertaken by municipal workers along U.S. Highway 40.
The work is part of a downtown improvement project being undertaken by the town government, itself a part of Granby’s broader downtown enhancement plan. The construction conducted by workers over the past few weeks has centered around paving and parking projects that are intended to serve as an immediate stopgap measure until the town budgets funding to tackle parking and curb and gutter issues on both sides of Highway 40, also known as Agate Avenue as it passes through Granby.
This spring the town has conducted temporary parking improvement work on Fifth, Third and Second Streets primarily on the south side of Agate Avenue though work has also been undertaken on the north side of Agate in two locations.
“Basically we will be grading the very uneven dirt areas, and adding Town owned recycled asphalt to allow us to make it through the year until we can budget for permanent improvements,” explained Aaron Blair, Granby’s town manager.
New asphalt has already been poured along the east side of Fifth Street south of Agate between Mountain Family Center and the new Granby Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center location. Additional temporary parking enhancement work as been done south of Agate on Second and Third Streets as well according to Blair. The town has also conducted worked north of Agate on Third and Fourth Street near Azteca Mexican Restaurant and Granby Antique Mall.
Eventually, once funding had been budgeted, Blair said the town plans to upgrade parking enhancements for one full block both north and south of Agate from First Street to Fifth. The town has previously completed similar parking and curb and gutter upgrade work south of Agate on First Street, between Lion Head Coffee and R&J Liquors, and on Fourth Street between the Mad Munchies parking lot and Mid Town Café.
The upgraded street improvements include the pouring of permanent asphalt as well as the installation of new curbs and gutters. Blair said the work will add around 145 marked parking spaces once completed. The work is being done within the town owned right-of-ways along the streets of Granby.
“Parking enhancements will allow us to better support downtown Granby visitors and business,” Blair stated.
Blair said the next step for the town would be completion of design work on the permanent parking enhancements. He added that the construction work itself would likely be done over the course of two years, splitting the installation process between the north and south sides of the highway year to year.
The town is also preparing to add striping to First Street from Agate to Diamond Avenue for bike lanes and pedestrian paths on both sides of the road, said Blair.
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