Hillcrest Drive Traffic Study and Improvements

In response to routine observations of congestion-related traffic delays, traffic accidents, safety concerns, and citizen petitions to improve intersections on Hillcrest Drive, the city recently completed a traffic study of the Hillcrest corridor between Miami and Niagara. This study, performed by Calibre Engineering, is the first step in a multi-step process for improving traffic flow and safety through this corridor.

The traffic study evaluated existing intersection capacities and provided recommendations for improvements based on both present and anticipated future traffic volumes. These recommendations then serve as the basis for future construction projects to improve the corridor.

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Columbine/Pomona Safe Routes to Schools Project

This project, funded mostly by Safe Routes to Schools grant dollars, will align the vehicle access to Columbine Middle School with Park Avenue, creating a four-way intersection. Bulbouts are incorporated in the design in order to create a safer pedestrian environment for students by reducing crosswalk distances, creating crosswalks in all four directions, and eliminating the skewed crosswalk geometry. The pedestrian crosswalk on South 12th at Rotary Park, also part of the project, will feature new, smaller bulbouts as well. 
South 12th Street will be closed to through traffic throughout the duration of the project which is expected to last into mid-summer.  Although a detour will be setup around the project area, motorists are asked to avoid the area and use alternate routes if possible.  Access for local residents and the majority of existing on-street parking alongside the project will be maintained throughout construction.

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Completed Projects

East Oak Grove Road Reconstruction

Widening and repaving of the old county road portion of East Oak Grove Road between Walgreens and Bear Lake Drive, completed in 2015, will increase safety for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists and relieve traffic loads on other east-west arterials. Improvements included through lanes in each direction, a center turn lane, bike lanes, and detached sidewalks. 

Designated as one of the City’s highest priority transportation projects, work got under way after a multi-year effort to design, fund, and acquire the necessary right-of way. Preliminary work to relocate utilities and irrigation systems was done in late 2014, setting the stage for the primary construction activities in 2015 at an estimated cost of $3,000,000. 

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South Townsend Sidewalks

Construction of new sidewalks along the east side of South Townsend Avenue from Woodgate Road to Walmart will greatly improve pedestrian access. The project was officially completed in September 2015. A grant from CDOT's Gunnison Valley Transportation Planning Region covered approximately 80 percent of the total project cost. View project plans.

Water Infrastructure Improvements (Water Fund)

A total of $816,875 was budgeted in 2015 for valve/hydrant replacements, East Oak Grove Road improvements, N. First/Junction cast iron replacement, S. Fourth/Park/Mesa line replacement, Anderson Road line replacement, Water Master Plan updates, monitoring equipment replacement, and municipal properties automatic valve installation pilot project. 

Public Works has completed installation of a new water meter reading system that uses the latest technology to reduce administrative costs and expand services to utility customers. The project, involving the replacement of 7,450 commercial and residential meter reading radios throughout the City’s water distribution system, began in May 2014. 

The new meter reading system utilizes fixed-base advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) technology to collect hourly water usage information via data transmissions from each meter. Enhanced reporting information from the meters equips utilities personnel to provide detailed usage information when responding to billing inquiries and customers can use the information to evaluate irrigation volumes and flow rates to better manage water resources and costs. 

Montrose Water Sports Park

Montrose now has its very own whitewater park, thanks in part to a $259,000 grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), obtained in partnership with the Montrose Recreation District. 

The park was designed with all citizens in mind – from ankle waders to expert kayakers. It includes six drop structures, terraced spectating areas, and beach areas. Fish habitat mitigation upstream of the fishing pier in Riverbottom Park, construction of soft-surface trails around the McNeil Fields, and concrete trail adjacent to the Ute Fields were also completed as part of the project. Learn more ...

South Cascade Pedestrian Plaza

Colorado Mesa University (CMU), in cooperation with both the City removed a portion of Cascade Avenue between South Second and Third Streets to create a new pedestrian plaza. The pedestrian plaza links the CMU Montrose campus, located inside the Montrose Regional Library, with their administration building at the northeast corner of Cascade Avenue and Third Street.

Selig Paving

This project constructed roadway improvements on North Selig Avenue between North First and North Second Streets. The project included installation of asphalt pavement, storm drain piping and catch basins, limited waterline replacement, new signage, and concrete curb, gutter, and sidewalks within the project area. 

Sunnyside/Mesa Sewer Project

Expansion and improvement of the City’s sewer infrastructure continued along Sunnyside Road and Mesa Avenue with the replacement of 6,000 feet of undersized sewer line.  Work began in January 2014 under a contract that was $130,000 below the estimated cost of $1.8 million. 

All Points Transit Transfer Station

All Points Transit (APT) received a grant to build a drop off/pick up site on a City-owned lot on South Second Street, just west of Uncompahgre Avenue. In 2013 the City constructed curb, gutter, driveways, and some sidewalk along South Second and paved the street from Cascade Avenue to Uncompahgre Avenue. The City finished construction in 2014 by installing a decorative concrete buffer strip, trees, and lights. The Transfer Station includes a raised concrete median and bus shelter to protect awaiting passengers, reconfigured striping, and surface treatments

Capital Improvement Funding

One of the City's financial priorities is to substantially increase the funding set aside for key capital improvement projects. The City also actively pursues grant funding as a tool for enhancing project funds.  Capital projects associated with water and sewer infrastructure are funded under their respective enterprise funds.