Outlying streets added to city traffic plan

The Grand Junction Planning Commission unanimously approved a revised traffic plan Tuesday night that includes more streets around the city.

The Grand Valley Circulation Plan labels streets based on how much they’re used. Two roadways added to the plan Tuesday — H Road between 20 and 32 roads, and U.S. Highway 50 through Whitewater — are labeled as some of the most traffic-filled routes in Grand Junction. I Road from 20 to 27 roads, also new to the plan, is labeled a busy arterial, but not as congested as the other new additions.

The plan has added neighborhoods numerous times since its adoption in 1998 and now includes the Whitewater area and greater sections southeast and northwest of Grand Junction city limits. The areas are expected to eventually become part of the city and were included in the recently adopted comprehensive plan.

U.S. Highway 6&50 from Fruita to B 1/2 Road, 29 Road and Patterson Road are expected to be some of the most congested streets in the city by 2035, based on projections made five years ago.

A traffic volume map developed in 2005 will be revised in the next year using 2010 traffic volume numbers, according to City Transportation Engineering Manager Jody Kliska.


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