Measure 2A asks voters to increase city debt for road improvements

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT News)-- If you are a city voter, you'll be seeing 2A on the ballot come next month.

"We are looking at widening 24 Road. We are looking at improving that intersection with G," says CEO of the GJ Chamber of Commerce, Diane Schwenke.

It asks voters to authorize bonds and increase the city's debt by $70 million.

"The business owners will not have an extra cost added in because of this and it's going to employ a lot of our people within our own area," says Shawna Grieger with the Western Colorado Contractors Association.

It has no extra taxes added onto it. It is said to be money we're already paying that will help to go towards other projects.

"Part of it is a timing issue because we're still paying off some bonds from the Riverside Parkway," says Schwenke.

Many of the projects are planned for 24 Road and G Road, both routes that see a lot of traffic.

"We still have school children that sometimes are walking in the streets to get to their elementary schools and we're going to be putting in sidewalks; particularly in the east part of the valley," says Schwenke.

There are also plans to continue the roadway of F ½ Road: "It goes part of the way and then stops. We're looking at extending that as another way to get east from the mall area to kind of relieve some of that congestion," says Schwenke.

Looking from the other side of the issue, of course there will be delays, and there will be detours for some time.

"There's a sense of 'do you really need all of that money and is that going to solve our problems?’," says Schwenke.

But on the contrary, drivers could be looking at easier driving routes in the long run.

"It is actually something that's going to go from one project into other projects. So we can get it done earlier and have safer roads and we're not putting another tax on our business owners," says Grieger.

Mentioned in the ballot, there are plans to build a roundabout at 27 1/2 Road and Horizon, where there has reportedly been around 20 accidents in the last five years.

On Monday representatives from Western Colorado Contractors Association, Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce and Mayor Rick Taggert all made public announcements of support towards this measure.

Construction is said to be a gradual process as the city is still looking at how they will pay the bonds back. If passed construction could start as early as 12 to 18 months from now.

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