City moves ahead with plans for roundabout at G, 23 roads

Grand Junction city officials hope creating a roundabout at a dangerous northwest intersection will reduce serious accidents that have plagued the area over the years.

The City Council on Monday night accepted an $828,000 federal grant that will pay for 80 percent of the cost to build a roundabout at 23 and G roads.

City engineers will begin designing and acquiring right-of-way for the roundabout this month and begin construction next summer.

At least 27 accidents have occurred at 23 and G since 2000, resulting in the deaths of two people and injuries to 30 others, according to accident data provided by the city.

In other business, the council:

•  Signed off on an agreement with the 5-2-1 Drainage Authority that allows the authority to charge a $100 per acre fee to new developments. The money will pay for an engineer who will review how developers plan to manage storm water runoff on construction sites, inspect those sites and issue storm water construction permits.
Authority manager Eric Mende said the agency expects to issue about 50 permits a year in the Grand Valley and generate $50,000 in fee revenue. The fee will take effect Jan. 1.
The authority formed in 2003 to control flooding in the valley.

•  Approved free parking at most metered and signed spaces in downtown from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. The only exceptions cover government office and shared-revenue lots.

• Awarded an $821,389 contract to G.A. Western Construction Co. of Palisade to replace the Monument Road bridge over the Redlands Power Canal. Construction will begin on Jan. 5 and finish April 30.

•  Accepted a $180,000 state energy and mineral impact grant to pay for most of the costs of designing an emergency services training facility on D Road in Pear Park.


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