GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The Patterson Access Plan aims to increase safety and maintain traffic flow on Patterson road without increasing the number of lanes. To achieve this goal, the city recommends significantly reducing access points onto the road. It’s an effort that could take two decades. But for many people who run businesses on Patterson road, it’s their first time hearing about the plan.
“I would say probably 80 percent of people down Patterson have no idea about this,” said Shad Allerheiligen, a Barber at Slim’s Barber Shop. He believes the plan could impact local businesses. “There are too many businesses, there are too many houses. It would cause too much trouble for everyone to find a way around.”
Diane Schwenke, the CEO of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce echoes similar sentiments.
“There’s some long term planning, which we applaud the efforts around that but we also think the people along Patterson, people who have businesses there, may have some good ideas to put into this plan before it’s finalized,” she says.
And to a degree, the city seems to agree, as they have paused moving forward with the plan for another month, citing the city’s lack of outreach to the local community.