Horizon Drive Improvement Projects Receive Necessary Funding
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- The Grand Junction City Council unanimously supported a budget plan this evening that will help fund extensive renovations to the Horizon Drive corridor.
The approved budget includes a $500,000 commitment from the city in 2015.
The Horizon Drive District will match that number with $100,000 in 2014 and $400,000 in 2015.
However, the biggest contributor to the planned improvements comes from a $4 million grant the Colorado Department of Transportation will officially announce Thursday or Friday.
For Randall Clark, whose mother was tragically killed while crossing Horizon Drive last year, the news of safety improvements being put into place is both rewarding and sobering.
"It's bittersweet, but the best thing is that something is happening now," said Clark.
Members of the Horizon Drive District say phase one of construction will begin during the fall of 2014 when businesses are the least busy.
The first phase will include the construction of a set of roundabouts next to the Interstate 70 interchange, and early estimates show construction could take up to 18 months.
Officials estimate the entire project will take up to three years to complete.