Patterson projects pile up, creating headaches for area drivers

One of Grand Junction’s most heavily traveled roads became one of its greatest headache-producers Monday, as crews working on three different construction projects snarled traffic on Patterson Road east of Mesa Mall and sent cars detouring in all directions.

Motorists should be prepared for much of the same in the area in the coming weeks and months.

Monday marked the beginning of a two-week period in which 25 Road is closed to through traffic immediately south of Patterson. Workers are relocating utility lines to make room for 90- and 96-inch storm water drainage pipes that will be installed in the Independent
Ranchmen’s Ditch as part of the $16 million Big Pipe flood-control project.

Businesses along 25 Road remain open, and local traffic can access the road, but all other traffic must use alternate routes. Traffic southbound on 25 Road must turn west on Patterson and detour to 24 1/2 Road and Industrial Avenue. Westbound traffic on
Patterson can use Northgate Drive, Westgate Drive and Weslo Avenue to access 25 Road.

Crews will close 25 Road again in mid- to late-January for the actual pipe installation work.

One westbound lane of Patterson between 24 1/2 and 25 roads was closed for several hours Monday afternoon to fix an asphalt patch. A private developer dug beneath the asphalt several weeks ago to install a storm water pipe across Patterson, but rain over the weekend saturated the patch, causing it to fail and the asphalt to buckle, according to Kristin Winn, spokeswoman for the city’s Public Works and Planning Department.

In addition, Patterson between 24 1/2 and 25 roads was closed in both directions overnight Monday to allow crews to repair damage caused by a Ute Water Conservancy District waterline break on Nov. 11. That work was expected to be completed by 6 this morning, Winn said.

Patterson will remain a construction zone, with reduced speed limits and left-turn limitations, until April when the Big Pipe project is completed.

“Unfortunately, any time we do work on Patterson, it’s going to slow things down. It carries a tremendous amount of traffic,” Winn said.


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