After meeting several environmental, safety and infrastructure requirements, Parachute is expected to open a new truck stop later this year, an official said.
Depending on factors such as weather, the Oklahoma-based Love’s Travel Center and Country Store is expected to open near the intersection of County Road 300 and Cardinal Way on Christmas Eve.
The completion date, which is tentative, could be pushed back to spring 2023, Parachute Town manager Travis Elliot said.
“It’s an aggressive project schedule that will depend on the weather and whether or not they’ve done some of the fit-out work before the colder weather arrives,” he said.
The original proposal to build Love came in 2020. But the project had to meet requirements from entities like the Colorado Department of Transportation, which oversees the nearby Interstate 70 bridge instead of the city of Parachute. Items such as road and parking plans had to be submitted and approved before construction, which began on June 23, could begin.
City ordinances also played a role, Elliot said. For example, city code does not allow continuous parking spaces of 350 feet, which forced the Parachute City Council to approve a gap of up to 450 feet to initiate the project.
The location of the new truck stop parallels the Colorado River and the adjacent recreational rental service, TOPS. Since this area is currently a three-way intersection, Loves is putting in place new infrastructure to create a four-way intersection by extending Cardinal Way to the east side of CR 300.
Elliot said the hope was that the new Love’s and the newly established infrastructure would attract more potential businesses to the land.
“I think it will be a draw for the community and we think it will be a benefit for parachute and parachute businesses,” he said.
The new truck stop will include multiple truck parking spaces, overnight parking options for recreational vehicles, and fueling canopies for trucks and passengers. It will also include the center itself, a Chester’s Chicken and a McDonald’s restaurant.
Elliot also said the city will monitor increased traffic in the area.
“Having more passers-by visit Parachute benefits us and the region,” Elliot said, “including Battlement Mesa.”