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A roundabout on 27th Street in Glenwood?

Phillip Yates
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Garfield County commissioners have approved spending $200,000 to help fund a roundabout at 27th Street and Midland Avenue.

However, that money is contingent on a Glenwood Springs grant application being approved, said Commissioner John Martin after commissioners voted on the matter Tuesday.

Michael McDill, engineer for the city of Glenwood Springs, appeared before the commissioners at their meeting Tuesday and asked the county to participate in an application for a state Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Program grant to help pay for the costs of the traffic improvement.

The application grant seeks $500,000 from the state for the project, which is estimated to cost about $1.1 million. The city has budgeted $100,000 for design of the project, and expects to put in another $200,000 for its 2009 budget year, according to the grant application.

In the grant application, McDill wrote that a recent study found that “this intersection is already failing” and is projected to “get considerably worse.”

“A traffic signal will eventually fail at this location, however, a roundabout should be serviceable far into the future,” McDill wrote.

Commissioner Tresi Houpt and John Martin voted in favor of providing the $200,000, while Commissioner Larry McCown voted against it.

“If we come up with $200,000 for 2008, we are the only ones with hard money in 2008,” McCown said. “I think that is inappropriate.”

The money from the county is also subject to a contract with the city, which is working with Roaring Fork Lodge LLC to make improvements at 27th Street and Midland Avenue.

Roaring Fork Lodge LLC has put up the cost of the design for the intersection’s improvements, a cost the city will reimburse, McDill said.

The company is looking to build the Roaring Fork Lodge ” a five-story, nearly 150,000-square-foot building ” on a corner of the intersection of 27th Avenue and Midland Street. Roaring Fork Lodge LLC also plans to construct improvements at the intersection this summer, which will allow the project to have an entrance once it is completed, McDill wrote in a letter to commissioners.

“Maybe most importantly, they will be able to detour traffic through part of their property while construction of the intersection is under way,” McDill wrote to commissioners. “This in itself will be a huge cost savings in time, cost and traffic control to the project.”

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