I-70 interchange, 22 Road realignment subjects of meeting
An area of northwest Grand Junction isn’t getting a face-lift. It’s getting what could be considered a transformative makeover.
As soon as March, people will notice the city of Grand Junction starting to realign 22 Road at U.S. Highway 6, and this summer, the Colorado Department of Transportation plans to start work to build a diverging diamond interchange at Exit 26 off Interstate 70, according to a joint news release from the city and CDOT.
Both road improvement projects were deemed necessary because of the pending construction of two new truck stops — one from Pilot, one from Love’s Travel Stops — and projected commercial and industrial growth in the area, the release said.
Both truck stops currently are in the city’s development process.
In an effort to inform locals about the projects and address questions or concerns, an open house is 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Westgate Inn, 2210 U.S. Highway 6&50.
In addition to the project plans, a video demonstrating how to drive a diverging diamond interchange will be shown, said Kristin Winn, spokeswoman with the city.
Development “of that area has been talked about for years,” said city Project Engineer Paul Jaglim. “We knew there was a need at both those locations (for improvements,) and the opportunity came to independently fund these projects.”
The price tag for all four projects, the two road improvements and the two truck stops, is estimated at $16 million, Jaglim said.
The completion of two truck stops off Highway 6 and projected industrial growth off 22 Road increase the likelihood of more semi-trailer and large truck traffic coming off, and going on, I-70, which could be dangerous, the release said.
“We don’t see significant safety issues today,” Jaglim said. “We are projecting that could change pretty quickly.”
The road improvement projects will address traffic flow and safety concerns, Jaglim said.
The timetable for the city’s project is tentatively March through August, while CDOT’s project is slated for June through November, the release said.
During construction, 22 Road may be closed at times, but Highway 6 should remain open, Win said. However, she added, motorists should expect delays, particularly during CDOT’s project.