The city of Grand Junction is moving forward with plans to protect the booming retail end of town from the 100 year flood. The area surrounding the Mesa Mall south of Patterson Road to First Street is in danger of flooding in the event a massive storm hits Grand Junction.
At Wednesday night's city council meeting, members unanimously authorized the interim city manager to enter into an agreement with the Grand Valley Irrigation Company to build and improve the Ranchmen's Ditch Storm Drainage Project also known as the Big Pipe. The partnership comes on the heels of the city learning it will receive $3 Million from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help pay for the $10 Million improvement project.
The major undertaking to improve the storm drainage will begin this fall and conclude in the summer of 2008. It will impact as many as 300 businesses as well roads near the Mesa Mall. Including Patterson Road which will be restricted from five lanes of traffic to three lanes.