Bus pullouts expected to ease traffic congestion

Mesa County and the city of Grand Junction this week will begin construction on a series of bus pullouts along North Avenue, a project that should improve pedestrian and motorist safety and alleviate traffic delays.

Two pullouts will be built on each side of North Avenue between 28 and 28 3/4 roads, allowing Grand Valley Transit buses to exit the lane of traffic at existing bus stops.

Grand Junction City Council member Gregg Palmer, who long has advocated for bus pullouts, said the work makes sense from a safety standpoint.

“It’s remarkable progress in our public transit,” he said.  “One of the concerns I’ve always had is that public transit slows down the public because of (buses) stopping in the middle of the road.”

Starting Tuesday, the outside westbound lane on North Avenue at 28 3/4 Road will be closed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., which could result in traffic delays. The work on North Avenue should be done in about one month.

Once those pullouts are installed, workers will install four additional pullouts on Horizon Drive and Patterson Road. One will be built on Horizon at 12th Street, two will be built on Patterson at 29 Road and one will be built at Patterson and Seventh Street, according to Kristin Winn, spokeswoman for the city’s Public Works and Planning Department. Construction on the pullouts on Horizon and Patterson will start once work on North Avenue is completed, Winn said. A $100,000 Federal Transit Administration grant is paying for the pullouts.


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