Chamber survey results reflect support for transportation projects

Survey results reflect support for transportation improvements in Grand Junction — as well as a tax limit override to more quickly pay for the work.

The Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce recently presented the results of a member survey to the Grand Junction City Council to offer input on potential capital construction projects.

More than half — 53 percent — of those responding to the chamber survey said they preferred that the city focus capital construction efforts on transportation projects.

That includes the completion of a beltway project that loops around Grand Junction with Interstate Highway 70 on the north, the Riverside Parkway on the south, 24 Road on the west and 29 Road on the east. The Riverside Parkway and a bypass that extends 29 Road over railroad tracks and the Interstate 70 Business Loop have been completed. The project also would include a new interchange between Interstate 70 and 29 Road.

The survey results also reflected support for efforts to renovate the North Avenue corridor through Grand Junction.

Work already is planned for a stretch of North Avenue between 12th and 23rd streets, funded in part by a nearly $1.2 million federal grant. The project will include improvements to curbs, gutters, sidewalks and medians. Bus turnouts also will be added.

City officials believe the grant could jump-start renovations along North Avenue. The city will complete engineering and design work for North Avenue from First Street to 29 Road in anticipation of additional improvements in the future.

The renovation work comes as a group of business and property owners develops plans to revitalize what was once one of the most vibrant commercial districts in the city.

In addition to support for transportation projects, the survey results reflected support for continuing a tax limit override to more quickly pay for the work. Almost 74 percent of those responding to the survey said they were interested in continuing a Tabor override, named for the Taxpayers Bill of Rights tax limits in the Colorado Constitution.

Voters approved a measure allowing the city to override state constitutional limits on property tax collections and use revenue collected over the limit to more quickly pay off bonds sold to finance the Riverside Parkway.

According to a news release from the chamber, a series of open house meetings could be scheduled to consider transportation projects. There’s also a possibility of adding a Tabor override measure to the ballot for the next municipal election scheduled in the spring.