More Construction Seen on Major Roads
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Commuters all across the Grand Valley may think they're seeing more construction than usual, but officials say the rate of maintenance going on is average.
Although unlike before, more of this year's work is taking place on major roads.
The street system is the city's largest, single asset that they maintain.
Officials say because of the downturn in the economy, they had to cut back on resources for local roads. But two years ago, they decided to re-budget funds, to overlay the popular roadway system.
This year, they're investing $3.2 million in road construction.
“It is imperative that we keep the roads in a certain condition in order for that asphalt to stay together,” said Trent Prall, engineering
manager for the City of Grand Junction. “If that asphalt deteriorates so much, then it gets much more expensive to rehabilitate.”
One construction project that the city plans to concentrate on is I-70's anticipated "Diverging Diamond Interchange.”
The project was proposed to improve safety and traffic flow.
Officials with the Colorado Department of Transportation describe the "Diverging Diamond" as a way to give drivers direct access to left-hand ramps that lead to the interstate, without waiting at a traffic signal.
The City of Grand Junction is partnering with CDOT to also construct safety improvements to the nearby 22 road.