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8th and Midland intersection to close for three weeks

The long-awaited completion of the Eighth Street intersection with Midland Avenue will take a big leap forward next week. But that will also put a crimp on our ability to get around the construction.From Tuesday until Sept. 30, the detour through the intersection will be closed for utility work, curb and gutter, sidewalks, crosswalks, and finally, the traffic signal. “The project is on schedule to be completed enough to open to traffic at the end of September,” Glenwood Springs city engineer Larry Thompson said. “This closure is really necessary to stay on that schedule to get the work done.”Besides the curb and gutter and the signal, construction crews also will grade the north end of the intersection where the detour has run, Thompson said.Grading on the south and east of the intersection is mostly complete. “What isn’t complete is the grading on north leg. That’s why it’s necessary to close the detour on north leg on Midland,” Thompson said.Crews will begin to pour concrete for curbs and gutters next Tuesday, and, with the last section of grading, “We’ll start to see the road taking shape again instead of a construction disaster area,” he said.Up until now “all the improvements have been underground, so it looks like things are moving slowly. It leaves the impression we’re just creating a big mess and not doing anything,” Thompson said. “Grading starts to provide some visual evidence that the project is progressing.”During this final closure phase, drivers should use Exit 116, the main Interstate 70 interchange at Glenwood Springs, and Grand Avenue.Access to the Glenwood Springs Community Center, the Glenwood Meadows construction site, and the Cowdin and Overlin neighborhood will be from Midland Avenue via the West Glenwood interchange, Thompson said.Pedestrian and bicycle routes around the perimeter of the Eighth and Midland construction areas will remain open and residents are urged to use these options when they can.For updates on the project and roundabout construction at the West Glenwood interchange, go to the Glenwood Springs Web site, http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us and click on Construction Alerts.For more information about these projects call the project’s public information officer at 230-0683 or city engineer Larry Thompson, 384-6435.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. 510dgray@postindependent.com

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