Officials Resume Construction on 7th & Orchard, Remain Cautious
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - After March's gas explosion near 7th and Orchard, officials say construction has resumed in the area and is going well. However, they say they are remaining cautious.
The completion of the 7th and Orchard traffic light was halted after the gas explosion that leveled one home and left another fully engulfed in flames. Officials tentatively rescheduled it in late summer or early fall and say it's nearly done.
"Things are rolling along just fine. The underground work is done ... Those will just run better and have more advanced technology," explained Sam Rainguet with the city of Grand Junction.
In addition, the entirety of Orchard Avenue is being replaced from 7th to Cannell.
"They're putting in a new sewer line and repaving the entire road so it'll be completely repaved and a smoother drive," added Rainguet.
Officials with the city say they always take heavy precautions during construction, but given the sensitive nature of the area, they've done extra outreach to make sure neighbors feel safe and have all their concerns addressed.
Anyone with questions on construction projects in their area can call the city's Public Works department at 256-4082.
Officials say the Orchard Avenue project should be completed just before the 2013-14 school year.