CDOT finalizes design for I-70B 1st Street and Grand Avenue Improvements project

News Release

November 30, 2020 - Northwestern Colorado

MESA COUNTY - The Colorado Department of Transportation invites Grand Junction community members to view safety improvements in the final design for the I-70B 1st and Grand Avenue Improvements Project. Residents, stakeholders, motorists, and others are invited to view the project update video, PDF, images and other materials available Dec. 1 for viewing on the project website.

The project started in 2008 with an Environmental Assessment and the team has hosted a series of public meetings over the last several years to gather public input on safety, mobility and access concerns at I-70B near 1st St. and Grand Ave. in Grand Junction. The project is supporting future roadway, sidewalk and access improvements in the area and will improve safety, congestion, and multimodal opportunities. 

“This stretch of I-70B is a primary route into and out of downtown that supports multimodal transportation, regional transportation and access to local businesses,” said CDOT Region 3 Transportation Director Mike Goolsby. “It is exciting to be able to announce the final design after we gathered input from the public and property owners on their concerns, wants and needs for the project.”

Specifically, the project area includes the I-70 Business Loop (I-70B) from Mulberry Street to Rood Avenue, and Colorado Highway 340 (Broadway) from Mulberry Street/Rice Street to 2nd Street. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2021 and is anticipated to be completed in the summer of 2022. Further information on construction timing and phasing will be announced once a contractor is on-board. 

Due to current limitations on public events during the novel coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), CDOT is providing virtual opportunities for public engagement on the final design for the I-70B 1st and Grand Avenue Improvements Project. Information about this project is shared and updated on the project website (click here to view). Virtual public engagement includes, but is not exclusive to, the following process:

  • Public notification in local newspaper

  • Press release announcement for local media

  • Emails to project stakeholders

  • Public notification on CDOT’s Facebook and Twitter pages

All methods will alert the public and stakeholders to the opportunity to review the project details and how to provide feedback. To send feedback on this project, please email [email protected]. Comments during this virtual public engagement period will be received until Dec. 15. CDOT will document, record and review comments. CDOT encourages public input on all projects. 

If members of the public do not have access to the internet or are unable to access the virtual engagement video and online comment form, or need the information in Spanish, please call the project hotline at (970) 416-4434. More information about the project is online at