Traffic light signaling expansion for Fruita

Signs tout the fact that funding for the new traffic signal in Fruita will come partly from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, as well as the state of Colorado.

The intersection of Colorado Highway 340 and Aspen Avenue is due for improvements in Fruita, and a traffic signal won out over a roundabout. The project is expected to cost a little more than $1 million. The contractor is Heyl Construction of New Castle. Construction begins this week.

Construction will begin this week to install a traffic signal and widen one of Fruita’s busiest intersections.

Workers will replace a four-way stop at Colorado Highway 340 and Aspen Avenue and with a signal and install curb, gutter and sidewalk.

The Colorado Department of Transportation, Mesa County, the city of Fruita, Western Slope legislators and project contractor Heyl Construction of New Castle will hold an informal site visit Tuesday for the public and media at the intersection.

Heyl Construction won the bid for the project, which is expected to cost a little more than $1 million. The project will be funded, at least in part, with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars.

Fruita’s growth has caused traffic to back up at the intersection, which leads people from Interstate 70 into downtown.

Two years ago, the City Council said it preferred a signal rather than a roundabout because the signal would cost less, be safer for non-motorized traffic and require no additional right of way.

Officials have not yet said when the project will be completed.


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