Diverting a River and Trail: Waterline Replaced Along 30 Road

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- Starting February 5th, pedestrians might notice construction re-routing the River Front Trail.

A detour is in place for hikers, and the Colorado River itself has been briefly diverted.

Construction crews are installing 2,200 feet of water pipeline.

This project will replace the current concrete pipelines that were installed in the 1960s with new iron pipes.

The cost of this project is $1.1 million dollars.

“[It’s] a pretty significant project since we’re crossing the Colorado River we've had to time it in a very short window and avoid the spring runoff and the fish migration,” said Joseph Burtard with the Ute Water Conservancy District.

As the Ute Water Conservancy District says they remain conscious of environmental impacts, they also say customers will not be affected or lose access to water.

The crews hope to wrap up the replacement by March. ​

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