Created: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:09:00 MST
Updated: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 01:56:13 MST
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- On Wednesday the City of Grand Junction is expected to adopt a resolution with the Colorado Department of Transportation that will add roundabouts to a local intersection.
The Horizon Drive and Interstate 70 Interchange Improvement Project will cost $5,250,000 and if the city authorizes an intergovernmental agreement with CDOT it will allow design plans to begin.
The horizon drive and I-70 intersection corridor will have both street signals on visitors way from the east bound on and off ramps taken out.
If the agreement is approved there will be two roundabouts put in place.
The city, CDOT and the Horizon Drive Business Improvement District hopes this will slow down traffic and keep the roads safe.
The engineering manager for the city says that across the country roundabouts have reduced accidents by 67 percent.
According to officials, the roundabout on 12th St. and Horizon Dr. has proven to make that statistic true.
"Where we had six accidents on a four way stop sign where we had before back in 1995-1996; we had five accidents just in the eight months before we opened that and we didn't have five accidents for the next 10 years after that,” said City of Grand Junction engineer manager Trent Prall.
Horizon Business District officials say once this agreement is signed they can start working with business and property owners on certain land adjustments. In which, they say will no affect their business.
Prall says this is the first phase and construction should start after September 2015.
There will be two more phases of roundabout projects currently being designed on Horizon Drive that will stretch from H road to G road.