Heavy truck traffic expected at monument on Aug. 5-6


Colorado National Monument officials are warning folks of increased truck traffic from approximately 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. between the Colorado National Monument’s east entrance and DS Road on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 5-6.

Mesa County contractors will be driving 12 50-foot belly dump trucks up the east hill throughout the day as they haul paving material to Little Park Road. Trucks will then be driving down Little Park Road on their return trip. Minor delays within the monument may occur as the trucks travel uphill.

“As safety is all of our concern, all drivers, bicyclists and Glade Park commuters should always be aware of their surroundings as they travel Rim Rock Drive,” a news release said.

The east hill consists of four miles of public-right-of-way and is the only non-recreational access through Colorado National Monument. Traffic counts show that 400 vehicles commute between Glade Park and Grand Junction on a daily basis.

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