Comments sought on downtown roadway designs

mike Goolsby

Comments will be accepted through Dec. 15 on final designs for highway and street improvements planned for an area in downtown Grand Junction.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) offers virtual reviews for its final design for a project involving the Interstate Highway 70 Business Loop, First Street and Grand Avenue.

“This stretch of I-70B is a primary route into and out of downtown that supports multimodal transportation, regional transportation and access to local businesses,” said Mike Goolsby, CDOT Region 3 transportation director. “It is exciting to be able to announce the final design after we gathered input from the public and property owners on their concerns, wants and needs for the project.”

The project started in 2008 with an environmental assessment. A series of public meetings were conducted to gather public input on safety, mobility and access concerns at I-70B near First Street and
Grand Avenue. The project involves roadway, sidewalk and access improvements in the area to improve safety, congestion and multimodal opportunities.

The project includes the I-70 Business Loop from Mulberry Street to Rood Avenue and Colorado Highway 340 (Broadway) from Mulberry Street and Rice Street to Second Street. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2021 and is anticipated to be completed in the summer of 2022.

Because of limitations on public events during the coronavirus pandemic, CDOT provides virtual opportunities for public reviews on the final design. Information about the project is shared and updated on the project website located at
https://www.codot.gov/projects/i70-b-1st-street-grand-avenue. CDOT documents, records and reviews comments.

Those who don’t have access to the internet, are unable to access the virtual engagement video and online comment form or need information in Spanish, should call the project hotline at 416-4434.

Comments on the project can be emailed to dot_I70BInfo@state.co.us.