Business loop bus stop gets makeover

The bus stop at Interstate 70 Business Loop and 32 Road is getting some pedestrian-friendly improvements and some repairs because of damage incurred by semitrailers using the stop as a turnaround.

The projected cost is $310,502, of which $200,000 is coming from the federal government and $110,502 from Mesa County. Earlier this week the Mesa County Commission approved the contract with the Colorado Department of Transportation, which will be doing the construction.

Anyone using the existing bus stop on the south side of I-70B and 32 Road, just south of the Coronado Plaza, is limited by the traffic signal to mere seconds to walk across I-70B. In addition, the sidewalk is narrow on the south side of the highway, and there is no sidewalk on the north side.

To improve safety, CDOT will adjust the timing of the pedestrian signal lights, remove pedestrian signal poles on the east side of the crossing, add one new signal pole and repaint the pedestrian crosswalk on the west side of the crossing. CDOT will add eight-foot-wide sidewalks to the north side.

CDOT’s plans call for removing the existing pedestrian crosswalk on the east side of the intersection, forcing people to cross the highway only on the west side of 32 Road. By shifting pedestrian traffic to the one crosswalk on the west side, CDOT aims to help motorists spot people crossing the highway, said Terry Hardy, a CDOT designer.

The project is set to begin in March or April and should be finished in 30 days, said Craig
Snyder, project manager for CDOT.

Last week, the county had to close the bus stop for repairs, which have been made, and normal operations have resumed.

“We have had a hard time with trucks using it as a turning site,” said Todd Hollenbeck, manager of the Mesa County Regional Transportation Planning Office.

Semitrailers have torn up landscaping, curbs and irrigation, he said.


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