Gypsum still anticipates July opening for new roundabout
GYPSUM — While its scope isn’t nearly as large as the Edwards Spur Road project, Gypsum has its own roundabout under construction this summer.
Located at the intersection of Valley Road and Cooley Mesa Road, construction on the $1.7 million project began in March and is slated for completion this summer.
According to Gypsum Town Engineer/Assistant Town Manager Jim Hancock, crews were leery about what they would find underground when they launched construction.
“This is the intersection where all utilities go to die. We knew there would be surprises there and yes, there were,” Hancock said. “But things are starting to improve again. We felt like we were way ahead of schedule early on and now we are back to being on schedule.”
That schedule involves having the Valley Road roundabout operational by Gypsum Daze, scheduled for the third week of July. Hancock said paving operations will likely begin in May as crews work toward that goal.
By and large, Hancock said Valley Road and Cooley Mesa Road motorists have been understanding.
“I think people are so grateful that something is being done at that intersection, they are in good spirits about the construction,” he said.
Valley Road periodically shifts to one-lane traffic to accommodate construction crews and Vicksburg Lane has been closed to everything except local traffic.
“There will be some full closures on Valley Road, but generally we are keeping one lane open,” Hancock said.
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