Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Study Shows Downtrend in Traffic Crashes on County Roads

Over the last eight years, Mesa County Public Works has prioritized projects that improve, preserve and maintain roads while decreasing traffic crashes on county roads across the Grand Valley by 39 percent.

A recent study evaluated Colorado Department of Transportation’s safety and crash data from 2008 through 2015, to analyze performance measures for Mesa County road systems. The results revealed a reduction in crashes on county roads as a result of countywide capital improvement projects that focus on traffic safety, i.e., sign program, guardrail program, snow removal program, widening and shouldering projects, and roadway improvements.

“We continue to evaluate the county road system to take appropriate countermeasures. I am proud of our integrated efforts by the Traffic Division, Engineering Division and the Road and Bridge Division to decrease crashes by 39 percent.” Mesa County Public Works Director Pete Baier said. “This decline is unheard of, even at state level.”

“As growth continues in the Grand Valley changing traffic patterns develop. Suffice it to say, we will continue to watch for trends and mitigate to emphasize road safety,” Baier added.

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