Fruita receives state transportation grant

The City of Fruita was among 14 recipients of state grants designed to promote public health and the economy in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Fruita received a $50,000 grant through the Colorado Department of Transportation Revitalizing Main Streets program. The city must provide a $5,000 matching contribution.

The grant will be used to install new signs along the Colorado Riverfront Trail, a non-motorized paved route connecting Fruita, Grand Junction and Palisade. The project is designed to improve access, connectivity, education, navigation and safety.

Cities, towns and other public agencies are eligible for grants to modify state highways, local roadways or other spaces to promote social distancing and economic activity.

Since the program began in June, 59 grants have been awarded, including a $47,000 grant to the Downtown Grand Junction Business Improvement District to help restaurants expand outdoor dining options.