By Shari Phiel
Crews continued to pour the new concrete sidewalks and curbs as late as possible on Monday before the snow came. Unfortunately, Mother Nature continues to plague crews working to finish the Mountain Avenue Project.
The last remaining stretch of road between Fourth and Sixth streets still needs to be paved but the weather will have to cooperate first. “We need 45-50 degree weather in order to place the top lift of asphalt, CDOT specification is actually 50 degrees,” said Northern Colorado Constructors.
At the time we went to press, the current forecast called for sunny skies and temperatures in the high 40s and low 50s from Thursday through Saturday with snow developing again late in the weekend. How that really develops remains to be seen.
Currently, the construction company planed to start paving on Wednesday but if snow moves in could cause another delay.
NCC also noted that a number of asphalt companies have already started closing down for the winter, which includes “shutting down their asphalt plants for winter maintenance.” This could also impact the paving schedule.
There is good news as well. Crews have started installing the new lampposts and lights. Workers are drilling new holes in the concrete bases for the installation but should be done before Christmas.
While we all would like to see a white Christmas, let’s hope the snow holds off for now, at least until the asphalt is done – making for a smoother drive down Mountain Avenue for everyone.