WALSENBURG — City officials said the 2014 Walsenburg Street Improvement project could begin this week with roto-milling set to begin in the Hendren and Sixth Street area. Those living north of Seventh Street on Hendren should be aware of the daily work and adjust their parking schedules accordingly. City Administrator David Johnston said the second scheduled roto-milling project is set for Cedar between Willis and Sproull and that work could begin on Thursday or Friday, depending on weather and equipment availability. Most streets listed in the preliminary plan did not include curb milling, however a 2” overlay with curb milling on both sides of the street are included in three areas: Hendren – Seventh Street north to the Railroad and the Railroad north to Spruce; Sixth Street – Albert to Hendren and Hendren west to Ash, and Cedar Street – Willis west to Sproull. Other streets in
the work inventory for this year include: Pennsylvania – Walsen east to Grant; Kansas – Walsen east to Grant; Spruce – Walsen west to Sproull; Tyler – Elder, north to the end of the street. In other city infrastructure news, Walsenburg Gas employees are still waiting for drier conditions to full inspect the gas line south of the city. Recent rains have washed out some of the ditch banks along the line, but there have been no natural gas leaks. “Art Ortiz has re-inspected the city’s gas lines and reports that the eight wash-out locations previously identified appear to be the only damage locations along the transmission line”, Johnston said in his weekly written report to city council. Johnston told the Huerfano World Journal this week, of those eight areas, city crews feel they can make the repairs efficiently and inexpensively on half of them. The city plans to invite at least three contractors to look over the four other locations on the gas line between Walsenburg south to the Ludlow area, in the near future, and invite them to prepare proposals for the needed repairs of those areas, Johnston said in his report.