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Highway 6 Roundabout Project May Be Put on Hold By CDOT

The Town of Palisade’s plan to install a roundabout at the intersection of Elberta and Highway 6 could be delayed indefinitely by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).

Appearing on the Palisade Podcast this week, Mayor Greg Mikolai explained that CDOT has informed the Town of Palisade it may need to freeze the funds once appropriated for the project due to the unforeseen, emergency construction required on the Blue Mesa Bridge between Montrose and Gunnison. Problems with the bridge were first discovered last month on April 18th.

“Because [CDOT] is having to put so much money into this bridge,” Mikolai said, “they may have to put a lot of projects on the back burner,” including the Highway 6 Roundabout and other projects in the Grand Valley.

CDOT had previously committed to funding the Highway 6 Roundabout project, and construction was originally scheduled to begin in late 2025 or 2026. The Town of Palisade was working with CDOT to design its landscaping, art work, and multi-use paths.

Mikolai said he’s concerned, but added that no final decision has been made by CDOT, who is still evaluating how the cost of the Blue Mesa Bridge repairs will impact its future budget.

Mikolai said the town will continue to fight for the funding. CDOT could not be immediately reached for comment.

Episode #32 of the Palisade Podcast featuring Mayor Mikolai will be released on Wednesday, May 22. You can view previous episodes here.