Phase 3 of I-70 B Reconstruction Project begins Monday

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - One and two are done, now new businesses along the I-70 B corridor are bracing for the third phase of construction.

This new phase will start near 25 Road, and run east about one thousand feet past the Rimrock Avenue intersection.

Businesses that have already gone through this construction process say the changes are worth it, but shoppers especially need to support these stores while roadwork is underway.

She knew it was coming, but it's still going to be an adjustment. Construction preparations began in front of Claudine Bogart’s Frame Depot store two months ago.

"We’ve been planning for it, that's not a big surprise," she said. "I don't know if anyone is ever ready for a construction project."

Starting this upcoming Monday, construction will be back in full swing. Like phase one and two near the mall, phase three of the I-70 Business reconstruction project will begin.

"[Crews will be] tearing out all of the asphalt, putting in drainage improvements, replacing the asphalt surface with concrete, adding two lanes," I-70 B Project spokesperson Tom Newland said. "It will add capacity to the highway, which is a very important thing with all of the traffic out here."

The project will also provide new landscape, lighting and sidewalks for pedestrians, but it will come at a price to some businesses.

Holman House Furniture watched its revenue drop while phase two of I-70 B was under construction.

"Through the heavy part of it, it was a nightmare," Holman House Furniture president Troy Holman said. "When you've got a lot of construction, people will avoid that area."

The store went through a difficult time, but the furniture store survived.

"I’m very pleased with how it turned out, it looks real nice. This is where I’d want to be," Holman said of the new renovated location.

Construction officials say they'll be working their hardest so businesses aren't negatively impacted, and Bogart is relying on that promise to get her through the next eight months.

"I think the traffic flow will be better and just because of that, everything is going to be smoother,” she said of the future changes.

For many businesses like her, though, they’re more than ready to get the project underway.

"The sooner they start, the sooner they can be done," she said.

Construction will run Monday through Friday from about 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. and sometimes on weekends. Crews say they’re hoping to take weekends off so shoppers won’t have to deal with the construction delays.

The project is scheduled to be completed in mid-December.

The speed limit will be reduced down to 35 miles per hour during construction. Left turns will be available at the Independence-Rimrock intersection, but all other left hand turns will be closed during construction.

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