Moraine Park Project nearly complete |

Moraine Park Project nearly complete

Lance Maggart

The mesa region of Granby, north of US Highway 40, has been a hive of activity for the past year as excavation and construction crews working on a large water project have ripped out and repaired roads and installed a new water distribution system for the Moraine Park Subdivision.

Phase one of the Moraine Park Project has been completed and phase two is roughly half finished. Granby Town Manager Wally Baird said contractors hope to have work on the project completed by the end of July when the Town will switch over to operating the new system.

Work on the Moraine Park Project kicked off in early June last year with groundbreaking. Phase one included the installation of a new six-inch ductile iron pipe to replace an older water distribution system that served residents of Moraine Park.

Workers also installed copper lines to each individual residence along with the installation of water meters and fire hydrants for the subdivision. Phase two of the project primarily involves building and equipping the pump-house for the new distribution system. A small section of paving work, to replace previously paved streets that were ripped up for construction, has already been completed and more will be conducted in the near future.

Residents of the area previously experienced extensive problems with their water distribution systems including an average of two line breaks a year and regular issuances of “boil water” notices for residents. Moraine Park’s water system has been a contentious issue for over a decade with enforcement orders for failure to comply with the state’s primary drinking water regulations being issued as early as 2003.

The repair project has been discussed for several years with Granby Town officials, Grand County officials and others from the state negotiating among themselves and with the previous owners of the Moraine Park Water System, the Estate of Lew Paul Geisendorfer.

Moraine Park is a section of Granby located on the mesa near Middle Park High School encompassing Avenues A, B and C. Moraine Park was never formally annexed and is not technically a part of the Town of Granby. The land is officially a portion of unincorporated Grand County but is contained entirely within the boundaries of Granby proper.

Granby Town Manager Baird explained the Town is examining water rates for Moraine Park and will have a more specific idea of operation costs, and potential impacts for water rates, after the system is up and running. “It should be similar to what there was before,” said Baird. “But there will be a rate adjustment at the beginning of 2017.”

Conroy Excavating out of Tabernash is the lead contractor for the project.

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