Awards recognize challenges of Glenwood street projects
Long after the orange cones were taken down, awards are starting to pile up for people involved with recent Glenwood Springs road construction projects.The West Glenwood roundabout work and Grand Avenue Paving Project both have garnered accolades from professional organizations.A contractor and two Colorado Department of Transportation officials received a CDOT/Colorado Contractors Association Project Management Award in Grand Junction Feb. 10.CDOT also received an American Concrete Paving Association honor for the project, and another for the Grand Avenue work.CDOT Region 3 project engineer Roland Wagner of Rifle, and Barry Mason of Denver, project superintendent for contractor KECI Inc., of Littleton, were honored for last year’s roundabout work. The project’s resident engineer for CDOT Region 3 was Pete Mertes of Rifle.The project involved realigning four interstate ramps, making extensive utility improvements, building two multi-lane roundabouts and making pedestrian safety improvements.The Grand Avenue project, completed last year, involved tearing up the old asphalt and laying down concrete on Glenwood’s main thoroughfare.Awards for both projects took into account the challenge of maintaining traffic flow and working with other agencies and parties.”Obviously both of those jobs had tremendous difficulty in constructing them under traffic in an urban environment,” Mertes said. “Both of them entailed working really close with the city of Glenwood, the local community and property owners, and the adjacent business owners, as well as constructing them under … difficult traffic conditions.”Both projects were completed on schedule and on budget, Mertes said.
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