Proof of Riverside Parkway’s success in city traffic counts

One downturn we can be happy about: LESS TRAFFIC

A little more than a month after it opened, Riverside Parkway is doing just what city officials thought it would be doing: relieving traffic congestion along some of the busiest roads in Grand Junction.

Want proof? Check the numbers.

The most recent traffic counts conducted pre- and post-parkway show the number of cars traveling through two intersections has dropped. On U.S. Highway 6&50 at Rimrock Avenue, the entrance to Rimrock Marketplace, it’s down an average of 31 percent. On First Street just south of White Avenue, it’s down an average of 36 percent.

“We’re thrilled that the community has accepted the parkway, and it seems to be working as we thought,” said Tim Moore, the city’s public works and planning director.

City traffic engineers predict it will take several years before traffic on U.S. 6&50 and First Street reaches its pre-parkway levels.

On U.S. 6&50, if the city grows 2 percent a year, it will take until 2027. If it grows at 4 percent a year, it will take until 2018, Moore said.

On First Street, if the city grows 2 percent a year, it will take until 2031 to reach pre-parkway traffic counts. If it grows at 4 percent a year, it will take until 2020, Moore said.


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