Sections of region roads called some of worst in state

Three of Colorado’s most dangerous sections of road fall within a 100-mile radius of Grand Junction.

One of those sections, Interstate 70 from the I-70 Business Loop near Clifton to the Mesa-Garfield County line, long has been identified as a problem area for crashes, said Colorado State Patrol Trooper Don Moseman. The other sections considered some of the most dangerous are Colorado Highway 92 east from U.S.  Highway 50 in Delta to Colorado Highway 133 in Hotchkiss, and U.S. Highway 550 from Montrose south to Colorado Highway 62 at Ridgway, according to the Colorado State Patrol.

On I-70, a winding highway, varying weather and a propensity for motorists to speed have made the area prone to crashes, Moseman said.

“We focus on working that area a lot to try to reduce the number of collisions,” he said.

Troopers working that area have responded to an 84 percent increase in crashes so far this year compared with the same time period last year, Moseman said. There have been 24 crashes since the first of the year, compared with 13 crashes there during the same period last year.

The De Beque tunnels area has a reduced speed limit of 60 mph because of road conditions and because a mix of semis and smaller vehicles share the space, Moseman said. Rocks falling from the steep canyon walls also play into the mix.

Motorists who are speeding and come across rocks in the road may make crashes worse than if they were traveling the speed limit, Moseman said.

“Some of the crashes we’ve had over the last few years were a lot worse than they had to be,” he said.


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