Yellow flag on expansion

The Grand Junction Motor Speedway got approval from the Mesa County Commission on Tuesday for an ambitious expansion of its operation north of Interstate 70.

We’d rather have seen a more cautious approach on this one.

It’s not just the death of 9-year-old Taybor Duncan of Aurora earlier this month that gives us pause, though that ought to be enough. The owners of the Grand Junction Motor Speedway, Twenty Niners LLC, has responded positively and effectively to complaints about the track and its efforts appear to have succeeded in a truce.

We don’t know how long that will last with lighting, a grandstand, oval dirt track, paved-road track, off-road truck track, races until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays during the warm months, a 75-unit RV park and so on.

We’re all for seeing the motor speedway move ahead and expand. We do hope to see the speedway owners keep in mind the comfort of their neighbors as they move ahead with their plans.

Clearly, a growing business and certainly anything that generates revenue and employment in the desert north of town is in the interest of all of the Grand Valley.

We realize that the speedway remains under the jurisdiction of the county. Still, we’d be more at ease had the commission kept the yellow caution flag at the ready.


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