Woman's Driveway Blocked by Construction
KREX News Room
MONTROSE, Colo.- One Montrose resident says due to recent construction, the driveway to her house has been blocked.
City officials say they notified her and offered to put in a new driveway before construction started, but the offer fizzled. Now, a battle is brewing.
Brianne Jacobsen's original driveway is no longer there, but she does own another lot connecting to her house where she can access her home by using Beach Road. Jacobsen says using that street is an inconvenience, and that she'd like her old driveway back.
City officials say their road construction project started last April and will be completed sometime during the end of October.
They say the main purpose is to detour traffic from Townsend, a main street in Montrose, to Grand Avenue.
City officials say that Willerup Street, which connects to Grand Avenue, is causing a dangerous intersection. Once city officials saw the potential danger coming from the intersection, it forced them to block off Willerup with a cul-de-sac. "Right now, the only way to get through my property is through the empty lot next store. They've agreed to put in access to Willerup Street to my house, but they want it to end right in front of my yard, leaving the only place to legally park being inside my front yard," said Jacobsen.
City officials and John Harris, a project manager, say they are working with the resident to get her a new driveway. "With the driveway as proposed in the construction plans, even if she were to sell the northern lot she would be able to access her southern property through this new driveway. I felt like we've addressed that concern and if there's a new concern we'd certainly like to hear about it," said Harris.
Jacobsen says she wants more than what the city is offering. She says she's asking for the driveway to extend to the other side of her mailbox, and was told she would have to pay $6,000 for that to happen.
City officials say nothing is off the table, and that they'd have to discuss the additional fees that come with extending the driveway with the city, to see if they can work out the charges.