Redesign plan of Highway 6 in Palisade will debut today

A planning process that began at the start of the year — to redevelop the U.S. Highway 6/Eighth Street corridor from Palisade High School to the river — is closing in on a presentation to the town board.

An open house to present the final draft plan is from 6 to 
8 p.m today at the community center, 120 W. Eighth St.

Planning commission members are set to attend, hear what residents have to say and field questions about a possible project. No action is being taken at the meeting.

Proposals include ideas to redesign three main intersections — Elberta Avenue and Eighth Street, Iowa Avenue and Eighth Street, and the area where Eighth intersects Kluge Avenue and Brentwood Drive.

Some alternatives are redesigning all the intersections or installincg roundabouts or other new traffic layouts.

“The plan will consider roadway cross-sections accommodating motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and landscaping, intersection control, access to Palisade High School and Taylor Elementary School, access to Riverbend Park and festival parking, entryway features, directional signage, recommendations for redevelopment opportunities, and cost estimates and potential funding sources,” the town writes.

It’s important to note that no funding is attached to the project yet. But the town says it will use whatever plan that is supported by the town board of trustees to pursue grants to pay for the improvements.

Planners from Grand Junction worked with staff from the town of Palisade and the Palisade Planning Commission, as well as Coloado Department of Transportation professionals and other transit and utility representatives, to coordinate the plan.


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