Traffic Control Focus Of Fruita Engineers

Increased visitor and commercial activity on the Highway 340 corridor north of the City of Fruita is causing engineers to look closely at options for dealing with traffic problems. Currently more than one million vehicles use the highway from the road's intersection at Aspen Avenue south to the Colorado National Monument.

City Engineer Eric Mende says several areas are being looked at for improved traffic control, including areas slated for more development near the Colorado Visitor's Center and the National Monument.

Engineers are looking at stoplights at major intersections as one solution to the problem.

Mende presented the proposal to the Grand Valley Regional
Transportation Commission and the State Transportation Commission last week. Improvements are expected to cost $7.5 million dollars.

Mende says any work on intersection improvements are not likely to begin for at least a year.

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