Gypsum’s Valley Road project slated for mid May completion
When road crews complete the resurfacing of Valley Road in a few weeks, Gypsum residents will no doubt welcome the visible street improvement.
But the reason for the work is actually hidden from view.
The current construction under way at Valley Road is actually a water line project. According to Gypsum Town Manager Jeff Shroll, the work was needed to tie a number of homes into the new water line that runs underneath the length of Valley Road. The old line, which ran behind the affected residences, will be abandoned.
The new line hook-ups have been completed and the town is now in the process of prepping the area for resurfacing. Additionally, a number of new streetlights will be placed along the road.
The work began in early April and will cost around $500,000. Ewing Construction is the project contractor. It is the largest capital project planned in Gypsum this summer. Shroll thanked local motorists for their patience with road delays as construction commenced.
“I was late to the ECO Board meeting last week because I was caught in that construction,” Shroll said, noting he understood the work was sometimes inconvenient
However, Shroll also stressed that the Valley Road paving will not affect summer activities.
“That’s why we wanted to get it out of the way, before summertime. You can’t have the Gypsum Daze parade down Valley Road in the middle of construction,” he said. “This is our biggest project of the year and we are just happy to get it done.”