PALISADE, Colo. -
I-70 alongside Palisade and DeBeque Canyon is a problematic area for motorists due to accidents and delays from sharp curves on the interstate. However, on Tuesday, the Colorado Department of Transportation announced a new project they are hopeful will address those issues.
CDOT announced the beginning of the Palisade Curves project which looks to help reduce the sharp curves of I-70 by Palisade to combat rollover accidents that have caused closures and delays. CDOT said they are looking to bring awareness to the project as they search for funding.
“I don’t think it’s acceptable that we keep a 45 mph curve with 6 foot shoulders and 40 year old bridge on the interstate, but it’s a tough funding situation right now so were just trying to raise awareness around that issue,” said Shailen Bhatt, Executive Director of CDOT.
CDOT is starting to work on the environmental document that they need to start the project. If they are able to get funding, they anticipate the project to last about 5 years, with 2-3 years of construction.