Capital suggestions: City reviews projects for 2003 budget |

Capital suggestions: City reviews projects for 2003 budget

Motorists soon will have to stop when turning right onto south Grand Avenue when coming from the north rather than simply veering onto it.

The 23rd Street intersection project is one of several capital improvements slated to be completed in Glenwood Springs during the 2003 fiscal year.

The intersection is being altered to make it safer for bicyclists and pedestrians, city manager Mike Copp said.

“It’s to make cars stop there,” he said. “They’re taking out the island and making it a square intersection.”

Including the 23rd Street intersection project, the city still has more than $3 million worth of capital improvement project requests in its 2003 draft budget.

City Council will continue to mull over these requests at a public hearing to be held during its regular meeting Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. The budget must be approved by Oct. 15.

There are $338,000 in water system improvement requests, $822,500 in sewer improvement requests, and $2 million in requests for electric system improvements.

Road improvement requests include a roundabout at the Midland Avenue, Four Mile and Airport Road intersection at a cost of $400,000, and rebuilding the 23rd Street and Grand Avenue intersection at $150,000.

Road repairs and upgrades and water improvements were requested for the stretch of Walz Avenue between 11th and 13th streets and on 13th Place. Also planned are drainage and pavement improvements on 135 Road and work on Harvard Drive, Princeton Circle, Columbia Court, Castle Court and Oxford Lane. Another street project would improve Mountain Drive and Mount Sopris Drive to Glen Oak Lane.

Another set of improvements is listed in the budget for Grand Avenue between 7th and 10th streets, but city officials found out the major road improvements along Grand Avenue – originally set to be done by the Colorado Department of Transportation next summer – likely will be delayed until 2004. This development has city officials rethinking their plans.

“There’s still a possibility that some of the utility work will be done, but it’s more likely we’ll postpone the utility work until 2004,” city engineer Larry Thompson said.

The city’s wastewater system also is tentatively budgeted to receive improvements. The largest, by far, is an $800,000 project along Grand Avenue. It encompasses 13th Street and then skips from 14th Street and goes down to 23rd Street. But this project could also be delayed until 2004.

“We’ll look through them, and when we know for certain we will wait, we might replace them with other projects,” Thompson said.

The city’s Electric Department is requesting about $2 million worth of improvements spread throughout the city.

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