County secures funding to fix bottleneck at 32 and E roads
Work isn’t scheduled to begin until next year, but Mesa County has lined up the funding to improve the problematic intersection at E and 32 roads in the Pear Park-Clifton area.
On busy days, vehicles headed east on E Road that attempt to make a left turn onto 32 Road have to wait for traffic to clear, meaning traffic behind them on the narrow two-lane road can be backed up for blocks.
“Personally, I’ve seen a line of cars eastbound on E Road that goes back all the way for a half-mile, to about 31 1/2 Road,” county staff engineer Kevin King told county commissioners Monday.
The estimated $1.8 million project — expected to begin early next year — will add a dedicated left-turn lane for eastbound traffic and a new signal at the intersection of E and 32 roads. It also includes the reconstruction of about 2,000 feet of E Road, between Agape Way west of the intersection and Green Acres Street to the east.
The new section of E Road will include two drive lanes, a center turn lane, two striped bike lanes, concrete curb and gutter on both sides of the street, and a 10-foot-wide sidewalk on the south side of E Road, according to planning documents.
A grant from the federal Hazard Elimination program will help pay for the project, in the amount of $750,000.
Traffic engineers said the intersection is one of the least safe in the county, nearly attaining “failing” status after an analysis.“It’s both a safety and a congestion issue in an area of town that we have quite a bit of our population, and more and more of our employment, as we’ve seen in the past five-plus years,” said Pete Baier, Mesa County public works director.
“This whole project should greatly improve the traffic flow at that intersection,” King said.