There are things in life that while not enjoyable, are necessary -like visits to the dentist, pre-planning your funeral, and road construction. Road construction is certainly a pain in the neck, especially  when access is completely blocked and an alternate route is required. There is good news and bad news regarding some of the road construction projects happening in Grand Junction.The good news is, Orchard Avenue at 7th is now open and is much improved. The bad news, northbound First Street between Orchard and Patterson remains closed.

(Zane Mathews)

The worst thing about the construction on First Street, other than the fact that I rarely see any work being done there, is the fact that in order to get to Patterson  you have to circle up to 7th, or back track to Independent Avenue and 25 1/2 Road past Sam's Club. It seems like a very slow moving project.

(Zane Mathews)

Meanwhile, the big project continues on Highway 6 and 50, and Rimrock Avenue, which is sandwiched by Red Robin and Chick-Fil-A remains closed, as the construction work has moved to that intersection. This is one of those situations that is completely inconvenient if you have to be in the area. The good news is you can now access Highway 6 and 50 coming out of Sam's Club and Golden Corral. The improvement is long over due, and will be well-worth the temporary inconvenience.

(Zane Mathews)

Perhaps the intersection improvements will diminish the need for some sort of traffic control on the street that runs past Chick-Fil- A  toward Sonic and Hobby Lobby. Getting on to Rimrock from that street is about as much fun as changing a flat tire on the side of the road in a driving rain storm.

With careful planning you can avoid the road construction closures, which will help to minimize your frustration at the inconvenience. And I always remind folks to  keep the big picture in mind and think about how awesome it will be when it's all said and done.