MESA COUNTY, Colo. Mesa County is getting more than a million dollars in grant money to help make necessary improvements to 45.5 Road.
The Debeque cut off road sees a lot of energy industry traffic and it's the only detour route when there's trouble in Debeque Canyon. Semi trucks are forced to shift into the other lane because the road is narrow with very tight curves, making it dangerous for other drivers.
The two school districts that use the road are also concerned about its safety.
"They're very concerned about those curves also because much like a big semi, it's tough for them to negotiate those curves and not being able to see cars coming from the other direction," said Connie Hahn Assistant Director to the Public Works of Mesa County.
The Department of Local Affairs' Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Program awarded the 1.43 million dollar grant.
The total cost of the project is estimated at three to four million dollars. Construction is expected to start in late spring.