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Construction Starts Up Again For Diverging Diamond Interchange

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Updated: Fri, 28 Feb 2014 07:36:15 MST

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Construction has started up again for the diverging diamond interchange project located at exit 26 on interstate 70.



The project was closed for 9 1/2 weeks due to weather and poor working conditions.



There will be traffic impacts until this project is completed, which is expected for the end of March.



Traffic will be limited to one lane in each direction. Some lanes and shoulder closures will be required for work on the landscaping, sidewalks and re-vegetation.



"Diverging diamonds are much safer than conventional intersections, and also they are much less expensive, probably by almost 50%. So, doing this intersection we hope will save lives but we will definitely save money,” Said Tom Newland, Project Information Coordinator, CDOT.



Officials say interchanges and intersections that have switched to diverging diamonds have proven to be safer with fewer crashes compared to conventional interchanges.


The total cost of this project is 4 million dollars. Making it a diverging diamond as opposed to other alternatives could have cost between 10-15 Million Dollars.






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