North Avenue work to improve pedestrian access and safety

Construction is under way on a series of ramps and short sections of sidewalk to improve pedestrian access and safety along North Avenue in Grand Junction.

The City of Grand Junction is using $30,000 in funding from a community block grant and nearly $23,000 from its capital improvement fund to pay for the work.

Work is planned at 15 locations along North Avenue to install ramps that meet Americans With Disabilities Act standards and short sections of sideways to connect to existing sidewalks or other hard surfaces. The work will provide or improve access and safety for pedestrians using scooters and wheelchairs and those pushing strollers.

Poppy Woody, president of the North Avenue Owners Association, said the project will help to address one of the top concerns for the newly formed group of North Avenue business owners.

“This is the first project that we will be doing jointly with the city and it is exciting,” Woody said. “This is just the beginning of a long partnership that will result in great things for North Avenue.”