Business owners excited about downtown $400,000 resurfacing project that begins Monday
September 29, 2012
Business owners are giving the $400,000 resurfacing project on Main Street a thumbs up, even though the construction will cause traffic jams and an inconvenience to their customers.
CDOT and the town of Windsor said there will be major traffic delays due to single lanes and that parking will be limited during the project, which will go from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday starting Monday and continuing through Oct. 12.
"I'm so happy they they're doing it because it's going to clean up the town. Main Street needs to be cleaned up," said Peggie Lipps, owner of Li'l Flower Shop, 417 Main St. "I think it's going to be an awesome added attraction for downtown Windsor. I think it's a community benefit. It will liven up the town a little bit more and make it look cleaner and more vibrant."
Lipps said she's not worried about losing business during the project.
"Heck no. I'm going to put a sign out front that says, 'Parking Out Back.' I'm just excited for it," Lipps said.
Rick Walters, co-owner of House of Windsor General Store & Malt Shop, 430 Main St., is glad the street will be resurfaced.
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"I think the street definitely needs it, and the curb work will be nice," Walters said. "They kind of cut it off there at 7th."
Walters said he has some concerns about what the construction will do to his business during the work day.
"We'll just roll with it," Walters said. "I know people tend to avoid any construction zone. We'll see. Maybe we'll get some construction workers in for lunch or a shake. I'm all for the road improvements, but I'm sure we'll definitely take a hit dollar-wise. Obviously, as a business owner, you're concerned about the traffic situation, parking being an issue and people trying to avoid the construction."
Dennis Wagner, director of engineering for the town of Windsor, said Windsor kicked in $90,000 to extend the resurfacing project east of 7th Street out to Weld County Road 19 to the Lakeview Cemetery. The project originally went from 7th Street west to Larimer County Road 3 in May.
"This is an expansion of the original project," Wagner said. "The original project ended at 7th Street, and that's as far as they were going to go. We started talking to CDOT about the possibility of extending the project east and it started looking like they could do it. Windsor decided that we could offer $90,000 for the effort, so CDOT decided they could expand it."
CDOT spokeswoman Ashley Mohr said the new resurfacing project will cost $400,000 — $310,000 from CDOT and the $90,000 from Windsor — for a total cost of $5.3 million for the entire Colo. 392 resurfacing project.
"It was one of those things where we realized the roadway was already torn up in the area, and for just a little bit of cost we already have crews there and we can just extend it and do the whole thing correctly," Mohr said.
Dr. Brent Phinney, owner of Windsor Eye Care & Vision Center, 515 Main St., said he alerted his patients about using the back entrance of the business during the resurfacing project.
"It really hasn't been a concern for me," Phinney said. "We're excited to be getting a new Main Street. I think it will reconnect downtown with what was done previously in the year. I think we were all just a little bit afraid when they stopped at 7th Street that we have a whole new Main Street including a new interchange out on the interstate, and then it stopped at 7th Street and we kind of got left out. I think all the businesses downtown are very excited that we're getting a new Main Street, and that we're all going to look brand new all the way from the interstate clear through town. Everything will look very cohesive as well."
Wagner said the same contractor (Lawson Construction) that did the original work will do the new resurfacing.
"It will go fast, though, because they're going to mill a strip right next to the gutter on each side and then they'll put the overlay down," Wagner said. "It will go faster because they're not milling across the entire width. When they overlay, they'll overlay half of the street and switch traffic on that part they just did and then go on the other side and overlay. Through downtown, it should only take about a work week."
Curb and gutter work will also be a part of the resurfacing project.
"We heard from the DDA (Downtown Development Authority) board and they all were excited about it," Wagner said. "This was before the final decision was made to do it, and they thought we should pursue it. I haven't actually talked to anybody that's against it, but I'm sure there's a few people out there that are a little apprehensive."
Wagner said the finished product will look great.
"Downtown and east of town there are a lot of little dips, bumps and patches as there were west of 7th," Wagner said. "You can see west of 7th how nice and smooth it is."