Mill Street construction expected to continue through November


By Anna Skinner

Two months ago, the three-part project to reconstruct Mill Street began, and it is expected to continue through November.

“It is a road project, but it is also a southern boundary of the Grand Junction Plaza and a flood mitigation project,” Director of Public Works Jeremy Lollar said. “We are going to build a regular channel to remediate the downtown flooding concerns in the future.”

Restaurants on Park Street will stay open. The parking lot to the north of Park Street will remain open for residents to park and walk to the restaurants or businesses further west on Park Street. The Mill Street/Park Street intersection will be closed for 10 days in September. The three-part project costs approximately $4.1 million.

Currently, Park Street can be accessed from Union Street, but in September, that access will go away.

“Park Street will become one way to accommodate on-street parking, and Mill Street adds some on-street parking,” Lollar said. “We have to reconstruct the intersection (at Mill and Park streets), and then the existing Park Street goes away from Mill Street to Union Street.”

Park Street is currently open to the parking lot and residences. The next portion of the Grand Junction Plaza involves erosion control and flood adaptation to slow water velocity.

“Businesses and residences in the area will benefit from flood mitigation involved in this project,” Communication Specialist Zach Burton said.

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