Construction on I-70B to close intersection at Sam’s Club |

Construction on I-70B to close intersection at Sam’s Club

Free Press Staff Report

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Gaining access to your favorite bulk-food box store may be a challenge here soon.

From 9 p.m. Sunday, June 9, to 8 a.m. Saturday, June 15, the north side of the I-70B and Independent Avenue intersection (Sam’s Club entrance) will be closed for pavings.

The temporary closure is for the north side of the intersection only, and will be mitigated with designated detours for access to Sam’s Club and the other businesses along the north side of the highway. See map for alternate routes.

Yes, it’s an inconvenience; but it will all be worth it when the intersection reopens June 15, and when the entire I-70B reconstruction project is completed in mid-December.

According to a CDOT news release, the main concern regarding the closure is the impact on the businesses affected. Construction officials met with all the businesses located on the north side of the highway on May 21-22 and asked for their input about the option of closing the intersection. Given the choice between a full closure for five business days versus the alternative of significant construction and restricted traffic movements in the intersection for two to three weeks, more than 90 percent of the businesses felt a five-day closure would be better.

The I-70B project encompasses the road between 25 Road and east of the Rimrock (Independent) Avenue intersection, a distance of about a half-mile. Improvements being made to I-70B (also known as US Hwy. 6 & 50) include a new, more durable concrete driving surface, safety improvements for motorists and pedestrians, drainage upgrades, and a more appealing streetscape.

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