2015 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 will increase safety for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists and relieve traffic loads on other east-west arterials.  Improvements will include 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. 

Visit the East Oak Grove Road Project Page

South Townsend Sidewalks 
Construction of new sidewalks along the east side of South Townsend Avenue will greatly improve pedestrian access. The project area stretches from Woodgate Road to Walmart. 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.

Public Facilities Improvements
In 2011, a facility condition assessment identified several areas within City facilities that need to be upgraded. A total of $283,353 has been budgeted in 2015 to address priority projects from the study, including Police Department roof replacement and structural improvements at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, Pavilion Events Center, City Hall, Elks Building, and Animal Shelter. 

Water Infrastructure Improvements (Water Fund)
$816,875 has been 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. 

Whereas the former system could only provide the total monthly usage, the new metering information shows exactly when and how much water was used throughout a given month. Leak reports generated by the metering software help identify customers with continuous water usage that is typical of a leak, leading to earlier correction of the problem. The system also issues automated warnings that indicate sudden and massive increases in water usage at a specific customer address.

More dynamic system information and tools also equip utilities personnel to better manage water resources by comparing, on a real-time basis, water volume purchased from Project 7 Water Authority versus water delivered to customers, developing water loss trends to identify increases in leaks or breaks, and better quantifying water loss and costs associated with waterline breaks.

The changeover is expected to yield annual cost savings to the City of approximately $45,000, with additional benefits in allowing earlier identification and replacement of defective meters, reducing lost revenue resulting from unmetered and unbilled water consumption, identifying potential backflow conditions where water flows back into the City water system, obtaining final readings from the office when customers move or close accounts, monitoring inactive or delinquent accounts to ensure that meters remain turned off, and eliminating costs resulting from an unacceptably high failure rate of the old meter reading radios and meters.

Along with upgrading the meter reading infrastructure, the City is also in the midst of a five year plan to replace all water meters in its distribution system. To date, 3,200 meters have been replaced.

Sewer Infrastructure Improvements (Sewer Fund)
$1,130,000 has been budgeted in 2015 for sewer connection lining of protruding taps, slip-lining projects, manhole rehabilitation, Sewer Master Plan updates, and design/easement acquisitions for elimination of the Uncompahgre River and LaSalle lift stations.

Recently Completed Projects
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.