Pedestrian Improvements to Increase Safety on Horizon Drive

Crosswalk WorkConstruction began this week on a pedestrian safety improvement project on Horizon Drive between G Road and Interstate 70. Pedestrian presence in this area is common with people moving between the many motels, businesses, and restaurants. Up to this point, opportunities for pedestrians to cross Horizon Drive at a crosswalk or traffic signal have been limited to either the G Road intersection or the crosswalks at the I-70 Roundabouts; with almost one-half mile between those crossings. Tragically since 2010 there have been three fatal accidents involving pedestrians being struck by vehicles along this segment of Horizon Drive. This project will represent a significant step forward in the ongoing efforts to improve safety for all forms of transportation on Horizon Drive.

The $335,741 project, which was awarded to PNCI Construction, Inc. of Grand Junction, will construct three pedestrian crossings, each featuring ADA accessible ramps, improved street lighting, median refuge areas, and pedestrian-activated flashing beacons. The three crossings will be spaced evenly between G Road and the south roundabout at Visitor’s Way.

The project is partially funded by a $225,000 Federal Highway Administration Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) grant. An intergovernmental agreement was signed in July establishing the relationship between the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), acting on behalf of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the City of Grand Junction.

This summer’s construction projects focused on the underground utilities; replacing all of the water and sewer lines as well as installing the electrical conduits needed for the lighting and flashing beacons at the new pedestrian crossings. The street also received a new 2-inch-thick asphalt overlay to preserve the pavement section. The pedestrian improvements will conclude the street construction activities in this area with three enhanced pedestrian crossings between I-70 and G Road.

The project has a scheduled completion date in late January 2019. The concrete curb ramps and median refuge will be constructed first and will be finished relatively quickly. Due to longer delivery wait times, the street lighting and flashing beacons will be installed toward the end of the project. During construction the traveling public can expect daytime lane closures between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager       970-244-1507 or 

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