CDOT to host second public meeting on final design for I-70B South of Rood Improvements Project

News Release

August 1, 2023 - Northeastern Colorado - Event will take place on Thursday, Aug. 17 in Grand Junction

Mesa County — The Colorado Department of Transportation invites Grand Junction business owners and community members to learn more about the I-70 Business Loop South of Rood Improvements from south of Rood Avenue to approximately Third Street. The public meeting will highlight the final design for the upcoming safety and mobility improvements to address congestion; bring multimodal improvements that will allow for a safer and more comfortable travel experience for cars, pedestrians and cyclists; and provide effective business access along the corridor.

These improvements were identified during the 2008 Environmental Assessment and previous public engagement efforts. These and other improvements are part of CDOT’s 10-year plan for improvements statewide. Feedback from the Sept. 29, 2022, public meeting has been incorporated into the final design. Project team members will be available at the meeting to answer questions and provide project details and next steps.

This event is an in-person public meeting on Thursday, Aug. 17, in the Mesa County Central Services Building, 200 S. Spruce Street (conference room 40A). The public meeting will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Stop by to speak with CDOT and Xcel Energy staff and technical experts.

Grand Junction Public Meeting (in-person):

  • Date: Thursday, Aug. 17
  • Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Mesa County Central Services, 200 S Spruce Street, conference room 40A, Grand Junction, 81501

About the Project

The I-70B South of Rood Improvements Project is in the final design phase in Grand Junction from south of Rood Avenue to approximately Third Street. The final design includes improved street connections, multimodal improvements, signal replacement, utility infrastructure improvements, lighting enhancements, and landscaping enhancements.

Construction funding is available from south of Rood Avenue to approximately Third Street and is scheduled to begin in spring 2024. Prior to that, Xcel Energy will install a new gas line July 2023 through November 2023 (schedule subject to change). Construction for the remaining 1.5 miles from approximately Third Street to East Main Street will be announced when funding has been secured.

The project is the next in a series of phased improvements on I-70B. It follows the I-70B 1st Street and Grand Avenue Improvement Project. Construction took place in 2021-2022 and was completed in June 2022. More information about the previous project can be found here:

Project Information

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