February 11, 2013
Beginning March 4, the city will fully close Prospect Road on either side of the BNSF railroad tracks, between College and Center Avenue.
Work was completed ahead of schedule and Prospect Road will reopen April 6.
Due to heavy congestion on Lake Street, construction officials are asking the CSU community to avoid Lake Street when possible and find other routes to their destination. Lake Street will remain the official detour route for campus traffic, but finding additional routes when possible is advised.
The closure is anticipated to span about 6 weeks as multiple contractors and city crews update nearly every aspect of the city’s infrastructure during construction of the MAX bus rapid transit system.
Updates include new water lines, sewer pipes and electric conduits along the MAX route, followed by a new concrete roadway, curb and gutter, and sidewalks to make the MAX transit system pedestrian-friendly.
Traffic moving east on Prospect from College with CSU as a destination will be re-routed north on College Avenue to east/west routes on Lake or Pitkin Streets. A detour map for CSU-bound traffic is here.
Access to businesses on Prospect within the closure area will be maintained throughout construction. Signs will be posted to direct drivers to nearby businesses. Eastbound traffic on Prospect Road will be directed to detour onto Shields Street, then to use Mulberry Street or Drake Road to reach College Avenue, and back to Prospect. Westbound traffic on Prospect Road will be directed to detour onto College Avenue, then to use Mulberry or Drake to reach Shields Street, and back to Prospect. Pedestrians will be detoured to Lake Street or the Spring Creek Trail. A map depicting city detours along with a Q and A from the city is here.
Crews will work 7 days a week, 12 hours a day (from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.) to accomplish the utility updates to reopen Prospect Road as quickly as possible. This extended closure minimizes inconvenience by shortening the time and duration of construction impacts rather than spreading them out over the year.
All construction work is subject to change due to unforeseen construction obstacles or extreme weather.
For more information, visit the city's website about the project or call the MAX construction hotline, (970) 416-2617.
Contact: Dell Rae Moellenberg
Phone: (970) 491-6009