City begins to move on 29 Road project
The Grand Junction City Council took the first contractual step Wednesday toward the construction of a new interchange at 29 Road and the Interstate 70 Business Loop. It agreed to spend more than $700,000 to purchase property, underground power lines and install street lights.
Council members unanimously agreed to buy portions of properties at the following locations for the following prices:
• 477 29 Road and 2898 I-70 Business Loop from CTF Valley Properties LLC for $192,021.
• 485 29 Road from Terence and Camilla Hammer for $216,044.
• 481 29 Road from Alan and Connie Miracle for $98,016.
The land is needed for right-of-way and easements to build the interchange and install utility lines.
City officials plan to spend $214,701 to place power lines underground and install new street lights along 29 Road and a redesigned D 1/2 Road.
The city and Mesa County are splitting the cost of the project, expected to total $28 million.
The project includes completing the road between D Road and North Avenue, widening it to five lanes and building a viaduct over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. The centerpiece calls for an interchange at I-70B.
The interchange includes an exit ramp from eastbound I-70B onto 29 Road and a new spur road that connects 29 Road with I-70B. The spur road extends from a new 29 Road and Teller Avenue intersection to I-70B.
The interchange includes three signalized intersections — one at the eastbound I-70B exit ramp, a second at 29 Road and the spur road and the third at the spur road and I-70B. There will also be a traffic signal at 29 Road and the redesigned D 1/2 Road.
City Public Works and Planning Director Tim Moore said the project will be bid for construction in the spring and completed sometime in 2010.