Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 2/19/18

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City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

29 Road and Unaweep Avenue, Relocation of Utilities in Advance of Signal Installation – Xcel Energy, Spectrum & CenturyLink Work

  • Expect lane shifts and traffic delays
  • Flaggers will be on site to assist motorists
  • Please slow down through construction zone
  • Work hours will be 7am – 5pm, Monday – Friday
  • Anticipated completion for the utility work – mid March.


Non-City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions

Broadway and Redlands Parkway, Relocation of Utilities in Advance of Roundabout Construction – Xcel Energy, CenturyLink & Ute Water Work (CDOT Project)

  • Expect lane shifts, possible detours and traffic delays
  • Flaggers will be on site to assist motorists
  • Please slow down through construction zone
  • Work hours will be 7am – 5pm, Monday – Friday
  • Anticipated completion for the utility work– late February.

Rim Rock Drive (partial closure for construction)–Colorado National Monument Project

This project will consist of three phases between now and July 31, 2018.  The first part of the project involves road construction between Highland View Overlook and Artist Point Overlook.

  • Passenger vehicles must turn around at either Highland View Overlook or Artist Point Overlook
  • Oversize vehicles and those pulling trailers must turn around at 16 ½ Road or Independence Monument View
  • Anticipated completion for this first phase will be late February
  • For additional information please visit http://www.nps.gov/colm or call 970-858-3617, ext. 360.

I-70 Exit 49 Grand Mesa Ramp Improvement Project- CDOT Project

  • Monday – Wednesday: Intermittent single-lane closures for both east and westbound I-70 traffic
  • Thursday – Friday: Westbound on ramp shoulder closure @ Grand Mesa Exit 49
  • Please obey the speed limit reduction of 50 mph and construction road signs
  • Work hours will be 7am – 5pm, Monday – Friday
  • Anticipated completion – late September 2018.

Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager   970-244-1507 or samr@gjcity.org

City and County Seeking Input on Grand Junction Circulation Plan

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Planning our community for both motorized and non-motorized travel is important to every citizen and visitor of Grand Junction.  The City and County are seeking the public’s input on the best and safest ways to get around the community using automobile and active transportation modes such as biking and walking to access popular destinations. Providing transportation corridors to area attractions and daily destinations is important as we plan for the future of Grand Junction.

The City of Grand Junction and Mesa County are seeking public input on the draft plan and maps being recommended as part of the Grand Junction Circulation Plan.  The Plan is proposed to update and replace the 2010 adopted Grand Valley Circulation Plan and the 2001 adopted Urban Trails Plan, developing a comprehensive approach to the community’s transportation needs. The proposed plan and transportation maps will be available to review and comment on.  Staff will be available to answer questions and welcome public comments and input.

Open House

Wednesday, February 28
Mesa County Public Library, Monument Room – northeast corner of 5th Street and Grand Avenue
4 to 6 p.m. – feel free to stop in at any time during the open house


Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager   970-244-1507 or samr@gjcity.org

City Closures and Services for Presidents’ Day Holiday

Presidents Day

City of Grand Junction offices, including City Hall, will be closed on Monday, February 19 in observance of Presidents’ Day.  City trash pickup as well as recycling pickup will be on the regular schedule all week.  Monday is also a parking holiday for all metered parking spaces downtown.  All metered spaces will be free including those on the first floor of the Rood Avenue parking garage.  There will be no City Council workshop on Monday.


Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager  970-244-1507 or samr@gjcity.org 

Join the City Manager for a Cup of Coffee on February 20

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Grand Junction City Manager Greg Caton is hosting a series of informal coffees to interact with community members, gather feedback on City programs and services, and to answer questions.

The next coffee is scheduled for Tuesday, February 20 at Octopus Coffee, 759 Horizon Drive, at 9:00 a.m. 

The sessions are open to the public and are an unstructured, drop-in format.  http://bit.ly/2i6AQkR

Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager       970-244-1507 or samr@gjcity.org

Projects Affecting Traffic for the Week of 2/12/18

Road Work

Two projects going on next week, both are non-City projects.

Non-City of Grand Junction Projects with Travel Restrictions   

Broadway and Redlands Parkway Intersection, Gas Line Relocation – Xcel Energy Project

  • Expect lane shifts and traffic delays
  • 7am – 5pm, Monday – Friday
  • Anticipated completion – mid February.


Rim Rock Drive, partial closure for construction –Colorado National Monument Project

This project will consist of three phases between now and July 31, 2018. The first part of the project will involve road construction between Highland View Overlook and Artist Point Overlook.

  • Passenger vehicles will be asked to turn around at either Highland View Overlook or Artist Point Overlook
  • Oversize vehicles and those pulling trailers must turn around at 16 1/2 Road or Independence Monument View
  • Anticipated completion for this first phase will be late February
  • For additional information please visit http://www.nps.gov/colm or call 970-858-3617, ext. 360.

“E-Bikes” Item on Tomorrow Night’s City Council Agenda Rescheduled

The item entitled “An Ordinance Amending Chapter 12 of the Grand Junction Municipal Code Concerning Riverfront and Other Trail Regulations Concerning the Operation of Electrical Assisted Bicycles” that was to be open for public hearing and Council action at tomorrow night’s regular City Council meeting has been continued. The item has been rescheduled for the regular February 21 City Council meeting.


Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager       970-244-1507 or samr@gjcity.org 

City’s Community Development Department Statistics Reflect Robust Activity in Residential Market

All you have to do is drive around Grand Junction and you can see the signs of an economy starting to rebound. Construction is everywhere, and nowhere is it more evident than in the new home market.   

In 2017, Community Development approved 539 planning clearances for new residential dwelling units which was an increase of 58 new units or a 12% increase over 2016. All planning clearances related to residential development saw an annual increase of 38%.  The City annexed 12.26 acres of residential property, 3.6 acres of commercial property and 2.14 miles of roadway.

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The map above illustrates the hot spots for new home construction in 2017. The map shows a concentration of activity to the north near 25 and F ½ Road (Copper Creek North and Heritage Heights Subdivisions), to the east near 30 and D ½ Road (Pear Park North, Apple Acres, Wexford Estates and Rivertrail Subdivisions), near 29 and B ½ Road (Mountain View Estates Subdivision) and within the Spyglass Subdivision near 27 and B Road.

In total, 1,726 new subdivision lots were submitted for review by the City in 2017. Of those, 283 new lots were approved, 316 were withdrawn from review and the remaining 1,127 are still under review. Of the new subdivision lots submitted for review, 986 of the proposed lots were submitted for review during the 4th quarter of 2017. Of those lots, 625 are attributed to the proposed Mosaic development (23 and H Road) that were submitted in late November. These lots are contained within 31 subdivisions and 19 simple subdivisions.

Community Development Director Tamra Allen states, “Our staff are busy, plain and simple. We are seeing single family residential development at a level that has not been seen since 2007 and the projects the City is seeing are not the easy ones. Many developments are being proposed on challenging sites or in areas where neighboring residences are not interested in seeing an urban level of development take place.”

The City contracts with Mesa County for building permitting services and they have seen an overall increase in residential home construction within the City limits of 52% between 2016 and 2017.

The Community Development Department, which employs a staff of 10 recently filled a vacant Development Engineer position. That position will be a be a key player in keeping up with current project demand. The City has also begun the process of recruiting for a new planner position that the City hopes to be filled in the first quarter of the year and will assist in keeping up with the quickly increasing demand for planning and development services.

For more information on the Community Development Department and the variety of services they provide to the community, visit the website at www.gjcity.org/residents/Community-Development/.


Contact:  Sam Rainguet, Communications Manager       970-244-1507 or samr@gjcity.org