Backup routeis out |

Backup routeis out

Dennis Webb Post Independent Staff Writer

Glenwood Springs’ alternate route through town, already slowed by construction, will shut down completely for about a week as of Thursday.Contractors will close the intersection at Midland Avenue and Eighth Street as part of a summer-long reconstruction project at the intersection that will begin that day.The city hopes to provide at least limited use of the intersection throughout most of the project. However, the initial closure is required so crews can create a detour on a lot on the northeast corner of the intersection. Palisade Constructors plans to rotomill Eighth Street from the bridge over the Roaring Fork to the intersection, and then use the milled-up road base to build the detour. Jerry Deverick, the project spokesman for Palisade Constructors, said it probably will take until about June 9 to reopen the intersection to through traffic.Many motorists passing through Glenwood Springs use Midland and the intersection to get through the city while avoiding traffic on Grand Avenue. Even when the detour opens, they will have to connect with the western portion of Midland via Eighth Street. Midland will be closed for the length of the project, from the tennis courts at Veltus Park to the intersection, preventing motorists from using the normal Midland alternate route via the 27th Street bridge.Red Mountain Drive is not a designated detour route around the intersection, and signs will alert motorists that it is open to local residential traffic only, Deverick said.City officials are encouraging use of the recently repaved Grand Avenue during the length of the intersection project. Besides the intersection work, Midland travel also is being slowed by a roundabout project at the Interstate 70 interchange in West Glenwood, and another detour around in front of the Glenwood Meadows development, where a traffic light is going in.Traveling through the Midland-Eighth intersection will be a bit cumbersome even with the temporary detour, Deverick warned.”It will be rough in there for a while. It’s not going to be a smooth road, but it will be the best that we can get it, and it will be paved,” he said.Midland will remain open from the intersection to Overlin Drive throughout the project.Crews will install a traffic light at the intersection and lower the intersection about 10 feet to ease the grade to Midland from Eighth.Deverick said other, generally briefer, closures of the intersection will be required during the project, especially when repaving occurs. He said Palisade Constructors will try to alert motorists to shutdowns ahead of time, and keep them informed of any deviations from the dates of scheduled closures.Contact Dennis Webb: 945-8515, ext.

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