Why was there a need for the project?
Representatives from Highland and other
interested people in the region had expressed a need for more
direct access from their communities to I-70. Better access
would have provided a more direct connection for commuters,
emergency response, shoppers and visitors. The less direct
routes from I-70 to Highland include Route 143 from exit 24 and
Route 40 from exit 30. The less direct routes to Grantfork
include a route through Marine along Pocahontas Road or via
county/local roads from the Route 40 interchange.
The first phase of the project was to
identify the need and evaluate improvements to I-70 access that
would improve the safety and efficiency of traffic movement
through the area. The improvements were generated using input
from the residents, business owners and transportation system
users (stakeholders) in the project study area.