Construction makes getting to the Colorado National Monument a monumental task

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- Since mid-March Rim Rock Drive has been closed between the Grand Junction entrance and DS Road for roadwork.

It's not only one of the main ways into the Colorado National Monument, it's also the main way to get to Glade Park.

The current phase of the months-long project started March 15, but those wanting to see the Monument have had to use the Fruita entrance.

And If you're headed to Glade Park, it's an 18-mile detour.

"We have been seeing some of the road kind of slumping away on those switchbacks on the east side," said Arlene Jackson, the Monument's Chief of Interpretation. "We are really happy they were able to take all that out and get a good foundation in."

The road is expected to partially reopen April 23, however, the project it is running into a slight issue.

"The top layer of asphalt has to meet certain specifications and they were having a little trouble meeting those specifications," Jackson said.

It's unknown right now if that will delay the re-opening of the road.

For those in Glade Park, it's been tough to get around. The owner of the Glade Park General Store says business has been really slow.

"We have may planned it a little bit differently probably," said Steven Vidamour, who was riding his bike with his friend and got detoured into Glade Park. "But it's not the end of the world.

"We can't complain it's a beautiful day. And we're enjoying it," he said.

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