By Shari Phiel
There’s a good chance that those associated with the Mountain Avenue Project will likely be receiving a lump of coal in their stockings this Christmas. At least they will from area business owners, that is.
Shops along the Town’s main artery hoping for an end to construction before the holiday shopping season kicks off later this month received some unwelcome news last week. Unexpected delays on the irrigation line work between Third and Sixth streets, along with potential delivery delays for the new street lighting, have pushed the completion date out to sometime around Christmas.
As businesses in the old town area continue to struggle to survive road closures, limited parking and sidewalk areas that are difficult to navigate, especially for older or disabled patrons, extending the construction through the holiday shopping season would likely have far reaching impacts.
Northern Colorado Constructors began repairing the existing irrigation line, rather than replacing the line as was originally planned, just within the last few weeks. Crews had originally planned for a mid-to late November completion but, as business owners were notified last week, the change to the irrigation line work will delay the project completion by approximately 30 days.
In addition, delivery of the new street lights has been delayed as well. Parts on backorder are expected to be received shortly and aren’t anticipated to delay installation of the new lights.
And while Berthoud has been enjoying unseasonably warm weather this fall, snow came to the high country this week and the Front Range can’t be far behind. So it comes as no surprise that local business owners worry that inclement weather could result in further delays. Only time will tell.