Engineering Department

The Engineering Department is responsible for 


  • Civil Engineering

  • Streets

  • Sanitation

  • Industrial Park


The Engineering Department consists of 3 full time staff members: the Director of Engineering, the Building Official, and the Office Manager. This department manages and performs engineering surveys associated with municipal construction and renovation, building code compliance reviews, street layouts and additions, and design and construction of buildings associated with new business and industry moving into the City. The staff also manages all planning, zoning and variances for the City of La Junta.


Building and Zoning forms and applications may be downloaded here.


Helpful Construction Information


  • International Building Code (IBC) 2018

  • International Residential Code (IRC) 2018

  • Snow Load – 25 psf

  • Wind – 115 MPH

  • Seismic Design Category - B

  • Frost Depth – 26 inches


Street Department


The Street Department consists of five full time employees who maintain, repair, and clean the approximately 53 miles of paved roadway within the city. They are also responsible for it in the unpaved alleyways. The crew repairs potholes as needed and street patching is done as weather permits.


Snow and Ice Removal


The City requires citizens to remove snow and ice from sidewalks within a reasonable time after every snowfall.


The City has three sand trucks and one grader. Emergency routes in the city will be covered first, then other arterial and collector streets, and residential streets as time permits.


Emergency Routes


Priority Street Name From To

  •  Colorado Avenue 1st 22nd

  •  3rd Street Hayes Lacey

  •  10th Street Adams Topeka

  •  Topeka Avenue 10th 6th

  •  Grant Avenue 6th 3rd

  •  5th Street Barnes 6th

  •  6th Street 5th Kenilworth

  •  San Juan Avenue 10th Burshears

  •  Smithland Avenue 5th 22nd

  •  22nd Street Colorado Smithland

  • 14th Street San Juan Carson

  • Carson Avenue 10th 14th

  • 6th Street Smithland 5th

  • Grace Avenue 6th 10th

  • Prospect Avenue 3rd 6th

  • Lacy Avenue 3rd 6th


Street Sweeping


One street sweeper cleans the City’s streets on a continual basis throughout the year. Streets in the downtown area are swept beginning at 4 a.m. on Tuesday and Fridays as weather permits.




Current sanitation rates may be downloaded in PDF format here:


Utility Rates Flyer


Holiday Service Interruption


The City of La Junta is unable to provide sanitation services on the following holidays. Should your normal pick-up day fall on one of these holidays it will be rescheduled to the closest business day to the holiday. Notification of necessary rescheduling is published in the local newspaper for your convenience.


Observed City Holidays


  • New Years Day

  • Presidents Day

  • Memorial Day

  • Independence Day

  • Labor Day

  • Columbus Day

  • Veterans Day

  • Thanksgiving Day (Thursday & Friday)

  • Christmas




The sanitation routes are divided into two routes: Residential and Commercial. All customers have assigned pick-up days for service and items should be placed at the pick-up location prior to 6:30 the morning of their pick-up.


Special Pickups


Service is provided to pick-up miscellaneous items that are too big to fit into the maximum sized bags or cans. This special pick-up service can be scheduled by calling 719-384-5991 x 235. Minimum charge for this service is $16.00 or $24.00/hour. All items must be placed at regular sanitation pick-up points. City crews will not enter private property for special pick-ups.


Dumpster rental/sales


Dumpsters can be rented at $8.50/month or purchased for $660.00 each. This charge is in addtion to the sanitation service and disposal fees.


La Junta Industrial Park


A master-planned industrial park, owned by the City, is located three miles north of La Junta on Highway 109. The park is a pleasant mixture of industrial, recreational and transportation enterprises. The Industrial Park has both air and highway access. A diverse mix of businesses flourish in the 3,500 acre park which include:


  • DeBourgh Manufacturing
  • Lewis Bolt and Nut
  • Project Resources Group
  • Falcon Industries
  • United Parcel Service 
  • Southeast Colorado Power/SECOM
  • Sprout Tiny Homes
  • La Junta Municipal Airport
  • LJ Municipal Golf Course
  • Oliver Manufacturing
  • La Junta Raceway


The park offers a variety of recreational resources. The center of the park is a challenging nine-hole golf course. La Junta Raceway attracts racing enthusiasts from throughout the nation for regional and national races of the Sports Car Club of America. At the entrance to the park is the rodeo ground. This is the host to the annual Kids Rodeo, an immensely popular local event. Master Plan upgrades include enlarging the golf course to a full eighteen holes.




City Departments

Municipal forms

  • Municipal forms are available from the site's home page.

Useful references:

  • Please see the site's home page for this listing