On Stack Overflow it might look like it doesn't make much sense but it would make sense on smaller SE sites where there are not that many 10k users. On Ask Ubuntu the way we handle this right now is to have a separate chat room where we can post questions that need to be closed.
Wouldn't it make more sense to let 3k users see the pending close-vote question queue if they are allowed to cast a close vote?
Or lets put it this way. What is the reason behind the decision to only let 10k users see that queue?