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Concrete Fixes Improving Public Safety

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Updated: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 03:59:44 MST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The Grand Junction City Council approved a contract Wednesday evening that will vastly improve public safety throughout the city

"The 2014 curb and gutter project entails going into multiple locations throughout the city where we have received complaints with concerns about tripping hazards," said Trent Prall, engineering manager for the City of Grand Junction.

It's not just the crumbling sidewalks that are causing problems, the pooling water is also a major concern.

"Curb and gutters that's pooling water, that could lead to breeding mosquitoes and is kind of a nuisance," said Prall.

The recent discovery of a pool of mosquitoes carrying West Nile disease in Mesa County is pushing the city to take action sooner rather than later.

"So we take all the different requests that we have and other spots that we've identified over the years and prioritized those," said Prall.

Work is expected to begin in the next couple of weeks, and should be complete by October of 2014.

"Many communities are moving towards not taking any responsibility for the curb or gutter, and they push that onto the adjacent property owner to have to maintain, and in this case, the City of Grand Junction, even through the economic downturn and so forth, still sees that as part of their responsibility of providing public services to the community," said Prall.

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