Speed limit changes come to parts of I-70 in Grand Junction

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- A section of I-70 now has a lower speed limit. We got couple calls into our newsroom Wednesday, where people said they had been pulled over and given a warning.

It’s roughly a seven-mile stretch from Horizon Drive to 22 Road, the speed limit drops to 70, whereas before, it was 75 mph.

"Back in the fall of 2017, we had a couple of high profile accidents that led to some fatalities… We are trying to make that particular corridor a lot safer,” said Trent Prall, Public Works Director, City of Grand Junction.

Last fall, safety cabling was installed in near Horizon Drive to help prevent fatal accidents and stop cars crossing lanes. The Horizon Drive Business Improvement District tells us they sent a letter to the Colorado Department of Transportation asking for safety improvements after several deadly crashes occurred in that area. CDOT and the City of GJ partnered together to make this a reality.

In total, Interstate 70 saw almost 300 deaths across the state, that’s according to Colorado State Patrol.

"I believe the CDOT portion of the work was about $750,000 for the guard rail improvements and the cable rail, our radar signs will run about $40,000 by the time that it’s all said and done, the actual sign reduction I would estimate a few thousand dollars,” said Prall.

However, a slowdown of 5 miles per hour doesn't have everyone convinced.

"I personally don't think it will make much of a difference, it’s been there so long that I don't think people are really going to abide by it anyway, you know they are going to drive the speed that they want to and 5 mph is not really going to do a ton,” said Cody Brunton, Colorado driver.

I-70’s speed limit already varies depending on where you go. As soon as you hit the Utah border it goes up to 80 mph.

"I think it’s pretty hard with Utah being right there at 80 mph, you know, to see that drop and decide that it’s good for them… I’m always into public safety so I want people to be you know, be out there taking care of themselves,” said Brunton.

The city says they will be installing speed radar signs by the end of the month. Those are the ones that tell you what your speed is and to slow down.

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