Diverging Diamond Interchange causing traffic delays

By: Amy Lipman Email
By: Amy Lipman Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Driving through the Diverging Diamond Interchange has some wondering when the construction is going to be finished and if traffic delays will improve.

"I leave 20 minutes early just to get to Fruita because of all the backed up traffic," said Laura McNeil, who drives through the DDI four days a week.

Colorado Department of Transportation expects to spend the next week finishing up projects like building the median and putting in landscape.

Once these tasks are done, crews will be able to open up the traffic patterns to two lanes instead of the one lane open right now.

"When we can open both lanes of traffic up, it'll help substantially," said Jason Smith, of CDOT. "For now, it's been backing up peak hours, so there's a little bit of a delay."

There have been problems with people running through red lights and drivers have received tickets for this.

"People are slowing down to look and see what's going on too," Smith said. "That slows it down and it's causing some issues, but if people just move through the project kind of normal and as fast as they can with caution and normal speeds, things move fairly well."

CDOT is reminding people to pay attention while everyone is getting used to the new traffic pattern.

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