31st & Colorado last stop in Route 3 upgrade project

       Crews and equipment digging by the northeast corner of Colorado Avenue and 31st Street are part of a project to make the bus stop at that location handicapped- accessible.

Contractors were busy relocating a stormwater inlet at the 31st & Colorado bus stop this week.
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       It's the most complex improvement - and was saved till last for that reason - in a project started in 2008 to upgrade about 75 stops on Mountain Metro's Route 3 west of Eighth Street. The work chiefly focused on enlarging the concrete pads at bus stops to aid access for wheelchairs and building or replacing pedestrian ramps at numerous street corners
       According to Bill Bottini, Mountain Metro construction coordinator, the 31st and Colorado project requires a stormdrain inlet to be moved about 10 feet to allow the construction of the pedestrian ramps. Mel-Ro is the contractor on the $20,000 project.
       Another contractor had worked on the other stops in what turned out to be a $223,000 project. The $20,000 for 31st and Colorado was put together from $11,000 left over from the earlier contract, plus $9,000 of “transit enhancement funds,” Bottini said.
       After the inlet is moved and the earth filled back in, Mel-Ro will install pedestrian ramps at that corner, then add some missing sidewalk on either side. “We're going to tie all that altogether,” Bottini said.
       The work is expected to take about a month, depending on the weather. In the interim, riders are asked to use the stops two blocks to the east or west, Bottini said.

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