State wants traffic signal at Peachtree

Ever try turning left out of the two exits from the Peachtree Shopping Center in Clifton onto the Interstate 70 Business Loop?

With cars barreling by in two lanes heading west and two lanes heading east at 45 mph or faster, it can be a take-your-life-in-your-own-hands situation. But it is one the Colorado Department of Transportation will make safer starting Oct. 6 when work begins on a $452,000 project to install a signal light and turn lanes, while also extending the business loop’s center median.

“Traffic collisions at these intersections were often a result of left turns into and out of Peachtree from westbound I-70 B,” CDOT Traffic and Safety Engineer Sean Yeates said. “Signalizing the east access will allow left turns out to be made safely. Eliminating left turns out of the west access will eliminate conflicting movements.”

The construction, being paid for with federal safety funds, is expected to last through early November. During that time motorists should anticipate traffic delays between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday as flaggers stop traffic in all directions as necessary.

The project will install a signal at the east entrance, where a Taco Bell restaurant is, to the shopping center and raise the median to channel traffic.

The west access to Peachtree, where a McDonald’s restaurant is, will be closed to left-hand, or westbound, turns out of the shopping center.

The third access to Peachtree, from F Road, will not be affected by construction.

Interface Communications Co. of Longmont has been contracted by CDOT to do the construction and will keep at least two entrances to the shopping center open at all times.

The work will not affect the flow of traffic within the shopping center, which is anchored by the Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply store.

“There are some internal circulation issues with that shopping center that really do leave travelers in a quandary,” Yeates said.

Resolving those issues is a matter for Mesa County and the businesses in the center, he said, and CDOT will work with them to recommend realignments in the parking lot.

Two years from now, another signal light is planned for the north side of the shopping mall at the intersection of First Street and F Road, said Ken Simms, senior transportation planner for Mesa County’s Regional Transportation Planning Office.

Future plans call for the widening of F Road from its current two-lane configuration to four lanes, Simms said.

For more information on these and other CDOT projects log on to http://www.cotrip.org or call 511.


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