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Posted on: June 8, 2020

[ARCHIVED] City of Rifle - Construction Update (June 2020)

Construction Update - June 2020

The Ute Theater Foundation Waterproofing Project

The project will dig up the existing foundation of the Ute Theater and waterproof the concrete to stop leaks. In the past, high groundwater levels have caused drywall and carpet damage in the Ute Theater. This project will stop the continuous repair of the changing rooms within the theater. This project has been funded by the Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease Grant and will be completed by mid-June.

Fravert and Fifth Street Improvements

The project will rebuild the failing road up Fravert and Fifth Street to Fairway Avenue. A continuous sidewalk will be added up the hill to Fairway Avenue to provide a safe pedestrian corridor. The crosswalk will have what is referred to as a “bulb out”. The project will begin mid-June and will continue throughout the summer. 60% of this project’s funding came from the Garfield County Mineral Lease Grant.

16th Street Bridge:

The metal decking below the sidewalks on the 16th Street Bridge has corroded and is going to be replaced. The new decking will receive waterproofing to ensure this failure does not occur again. This project will require the closure of the sidewalks and temporary one-lane traffic during construction. The project will take place in late summer.

Centennial Parkway Bridge:

The Centennial Parkway Bridge is the old Highway 6 Bridge that crosses Rifle Creek. The bridge was constructed circa 1958 and the decking is in need of replacement. The project will require the closure of the bridge while being replaced. Residential traffic will use West Second Street and commercial truck traffic will use I-70.

Downtown Outdoor Patios:

The City of Rifle is constructing outdoor patios for all restaurants on Third Street. The City of Rifle is also working with the Rifle Regional Economic Development Corporation (RREDC) and restaurants that have private parking to provide outdoor seating. Building of the downtown patios will begin on June 3rd and will take approximately two weeks to build.

Crack Sealing:

The City of Rifle will be crack sealing all roads that need crack sealed over the next 3-5 years. This year will address roads in north and south Rifle. A project map can be seen at This work will take place in the fall.

West Third Storm Drain:

There is a failed storm sewer pipe on West Third Street. City crews are currently digging to locate the failure which will allow a repair. The repair may extend into August. 

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