At project’s start, traffic ‘jammed up a little,’ could have been worse | PostIndependent.com

At project’s start, traffic ‘jammed up a little,’ could have been worse

Greg Massé

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A half-hour period of three- to five- minute delays was the worst congestion caused Tuesday morning by the Grand Avenue Paving Project, Glenwood Springs police chief Terry Wilson said. Wilson was on scene at the project Tuesday to help watch drivers as they rolled through the construction zone. “I think it went really well for the first morning,” Wilson said. “Really, we had about a half-hour bubble from about 7:40 until 8:10 where it really got jammed up a little bit, but other than that it went really well.”A meeting was scheduled from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at the GAPP headquarters, which is inside the rectory next to the old St. Stephen’s Church at the corner of 10th and Grand. The meeting was set up for people to voice their opinions on GAPP and get information on the project. But – at least for the first half hour – nobody showed up. “We’re going to tweak our traffic-control plan a little bit,” said GAPP spokesman Tom Newland, who waited with his dog McGoo for people to show up. “Other than that, it’s working good.”West Glenwood resident Beth Dardynski wasn’t as thrilled about the project. Dardynski said she was praying she wouldn’t get hit when taking a left turn into City Market Tuesday afternoon. “I think it’s ridiculous,” she said. “They could maybe spend some money (on more flaggers.) Other than that, I think it’s really stupid.”Dardynski has a theory that concrete is replacing asphalt on Grand Avenue so the street can handle the large and heavy natural gas rigs that have been proposed to be brought into the Thompson Creek area. “This whole thing is about natural gas production,” she said. “It’s to support big rigs. … Grand Avenue has been fine for all these years. What’s the big push all of a sudden?”Another West Glenwood resident, Helen Reardon, said GAPP didn’t affect her too much on Tuesday because she tries to avoid Grand Avenue anyway. “I always use the side streets,” she said. But by Tuesday afternoon, Reardon’s secret may have been out.”This morning when I went to work, it wasn’t too bad, but this afternoon there was (more side street traffic)” she said. “I think everyone’s going to do the same thing I do.”Contact Greg Massé: 945-8515, ext. 511gmasse@postindependent.com


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