Wednesday, September 9, 2015

New traffic signal in Loma improves safety at intersection

A new traffic signal at the intersection of Hwy. 6 and Hwy. 139 in Loma is up and running, thanks to a partnership between Mesa County and the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Previously, the intersection, which has an unusual skew, had no traffic signal.

In addition to controlling the regular flow of traffic, the signal now also helps with safety at the nearby Union Pacific railroad crossing. The signal is timed with the railroad to allow motorists to safely clear the intersection before the train passes.

The project also included:

  • New railroad crossing gates
  • An overhead railroad light structure
  • Left turn deceleration lanes at each leg of the intersection
  • Full overlay of high quality asphalt throughout the entire area
  • Installation of an 8x10 concrete box culvert with safety railing and guardrail
The project was funded by more than $1.8 million from CDOT and Mesa County (Faster Safety Funds, Hazard Elimination Funding and Critical Culvert Funding).

It was a great opportunity for Mesa County and CDOT to partner to provide a safer intersection for the Loma Community.  

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