Limited access makes sense for U.S. 6 & 50

The intergovernmental agreement approved this week by the Mesa County commissioners, which would gradually reduce access points along U.S. Highway 6 & 50 between Loma and 24 Road in Grand Junction, is a sensible plan to improve traffic flow along the busy highway.

Anyone who has traveled the Fruita-to-Grand Junction section on a busy workday morning can attest to the fact that the highway is crowded and it’s not easy to make a left turn on or off of the two-lane highway.

As the region develops, and more commercial property is developed along the highway, those problems will only intensify.

The agreement the commissioners signed will only change access points over time, as properties along the highway seek approval for new development — or if serious accidents develop.

The intergovernmental agreement includes Mesa County, the cities of Grand Junction and Fruita and the Colorado Department of Transportation. It is a reasonable, forward-looking plan.


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