The Horizon Drive District
Underpass Project – 2010
The City of Grand Junction and the Horizon Drive District partnered on a $1.3M beautification of the Interstate-70 underpass that was completed in 2010. Block retaining walls created terraces for grasses, shrubs and trees, replacing eroding dirt slopes and weeds. Lighted monuments near the existing bridges on I-70 were installed to alert motorists this is an entryway to the city. Improvements to lighting and pedestrian safety were installed. A mosaic of wild horses running across the Bookcliffs by artist Barb McKee gave the underpass a distinctive theme.
Corridor Improvement Project – Phase 1 – Completed August, 2016
(Concept only – Illustration may not show most recent plan changes)
The Colorado Department of Transportation, the City of Grand Junction, the Horizon Drive District, and Ute Water partnered on Phase 1 of corridor improvement to address the intersection of Interstate 70 and Horizon Drive. The $6.6M project removed three traffic signals and installed two roundabouts to vastly improve traffic flow at this “Gateway to Grand Junction.” The Horizon Drive District covered the cost of numerous additions for beautification, including 6 sculptures, additional landscaping, and Mission-style pedestrian lighting to enhance the project. Construction was completed in August of 2016 under budget, with no project-related injuries, and within the scheduled timeframe.
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