GJ to join Mesa County in pursuit of 29 Road funds

Grand Junction City Councilors gave the go-ahead during a workshop Monday night to support Mesa County’s push to apply for a state grant to continue 29 Road to Interstate 70.

The state’s Responsible Acceleration of Maintenance and Partnerships Program,  or RAMP, is intended to supply $300 million a year for five years to transportation projects that show the most need.

The grant requires a minimum matching funds of 20 percent.

Mesa County Public Works Director Pete Bair said the opportunity to get some grant money to fund the project shouldn’t be passed up.

“I look at this as our opportunity to get in there and put our chip on the table, so to speak,” he told city councilors. “Keep in mind, we’re competing with a lot of projects on the Front Range. This may be our only shot for a five-year period. That’s why we want to make sure this is a solid application.”

If the application were approved, city councilors could prioritize funding through their budget process or ask voters for a debt question, Grand Junction City Manager Rich Englehart said.

Councilors also will submit an application to the RAMP program for the first phase of a Horizon Drive construction project. Phase one is estimated at $3 million and includes two roundabouts to the north and south of Interstate 70. The entire Horizon Drive construction project is estimated at $7.5 million.

If it becomes a choice between which project receives the RAMP grant, councilors said they would prefer the 29 Road project because the value would be greater.


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