Delta Residents Soon To See New Roadway
KREX News Room
DELTA COUNTY, Colo.- After five years of planning, officials with the City of Delta celebrated a groundbreaking, for their new roadway project near Gunnison River Drive and Palmer Street.
Officials say the new truck route will give residents easier access from one side of town to the other, and will make Delta downtown more accessible.
Officials say the new roadway will improve the health, safety, and welfare of residents. Four new lanes will be created and a bridge will go over the railroad tracks connecting the north side of Delta to the south side.
The new truck route is named Confluence Drive.
Mary Cooper, Mayor pro-tem, said she's been working on the project for years, mainly to create better safety for residents.
"North Delta is cut off from the rest of the city; it's essentially cut off from our ambulance, it's cut off from our fire department, and our police," said Cooper.
Cooper says when carts on the railroad switch out, it can take up to 45 minutes, forcing residents to have to wait.
Cooper says one time her friend was trying to get to the hospital and got stuck on the north side of the railroad.
"They were switching carts at the tracks and she almost died at the tracks, so it's serious," said Cooper.
Officials say the new roadway will also remove heavy trucks from driving down Main Street, helping revitalize their downtown.
They hope to have the new roadway completed by December of next year.