CDOT may expand I-70 Business loop, Old Grand Junction Station building concerns

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — A piece of Grand Junction History may be in jeopardy. That’s according to a local nonprofit aimed at preserving the Old Grand Junction Union Station Building.

The Grand Junction Depot, the old building at the center of this controversy, sits on Pitkin Avenue, or I-70 Business Loop.

A new plan from CDOT may expand the road in front of the depot, and one local group is concerned.

The Grand Junction depot sits fenced off at the Grand Junction Amtrak Station. It has been unused since the 1980s.

You can see a piece of Grand Valley history if you take the Amtrak train from Grand Junction.

Bennett Boeschenstein, Friend of Grand Junction Depot

Friends of the Grand Junction Depot hope to revitalize the old depot building someday so it can be used by Amtrak travelers. The building has a rich history dating back to the day it was opened in 1906.

Coincidentally, that was the same day as the great earthquake in San Francisco. This magnificent depot became a refugree camp for the people fleeing San Francisco.

Priscilla Mangnall, Grand Junction Historic Preservation Board

Those at Friends of the Grand Junction Depot say they’re not necessarily against the expansion of the I-70 business loop as long as it does not interfere with access to the Old Grand Junction Depot building. They say this access would be important for any future renovations of the Grand Junction Depot building for the community.

We also spoke to a local Colorado Department of Transportation engineers to learn more about what this I-70 business loop expansion means.

We’d be adding one more lane in the eastbound direction. We would try to put that widened lane on the North side or on the opposite side of the Union Station.

Rob Beck, CDOT

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