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West Parachute Interchange

West Parachute Interchange
Garfield County Commissioners attended the ribbon cutting for a new West Parachute Interchange October 31, 2012. Commissioner Mike Samson and other speakers discussed the years it took to gather support from legislators at the state and local levels, how the partnership between governments and oil and gas industry partners brought the project to fruition, and how the interchange will help traffic flows to benefit the citizens and economy of western Garfield County.

October 31, 2012

Ribbon cutting marks upcoming November opening of new I-70 West Parachute Interchange
Successful public-private partnership credited for improvements

GARFIELD COUNTY – Members of a successful public-private partnership gathered today, October 31, at the site of the new I-70 West Parachute Interchange to mark the quickly approaching November 12 completion date before the weather turns. The Colorado Department of Transportation and its contractor, SEMA Construction, began work on March 19 to construct the new interchange at approximately MP 72.

Funding for the interchange—which will have a total cost of $12 million—from Environmental Assessment to design and through construction) came from several sources: the Colorado Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, the Town of Parachute, Garfield County, Battlement Mesa Company and the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA). Additionally, the gas production companies of Encana Oil & Gas (USA), Inc., and WPX Energy are
providing $150,000 per company per year for the calendar years of 2011 and 2012 (yielding a total of $600,000).

Full press release from the Colorado Department of Transportation-|

In addition to funding, Garfield County also assisted in the project with engineering support.

Ribbon cutting - West Parachute Interchange
State and local government officials participate in a ribbon cutting for the West Parachute Interchange project - photos by Renelle Lott

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Renelle Lott
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Garfield County
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