CDOT may jump into GAPP this year |

CDOT may jump into GAPP this year

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” GAPP could be back in 2004.

Colorado Department of Transportation officials proposed a new plan to the Glenwood Springs City Council to begin the Grand Avenue Paving Project in July 2004. The plan is still in draft form and has not yet been approved by City Council or CDOT.

The project, which consists of rebuilding and repaving Grand Avenue from 7th to 23rd streets, was originally scheduled for this year. But in September, to the delight of concerned downtown merchants, CDOT announced GAPP would be delayed until 2005.

In CDOT’s latest proposal, first pitched to city officials Tuesday, some GAPP work would be done from July to December 2004, and the remainder of major roadwork would be done from February to June 2005.

“They have an opportunity to take advantage of a different source of funding,” Glenwood Springs city engineer Larry Thompson said. “From what I understand, the governor identified additional funds he wants to spend on transportation projects.”

One of the criteria for CDOT is to have signed contracts for these projects by June 30. And since GAPP is designed and ready to go, CDOT officials feel they can make that deadline.

“Right now, I believe CDOT wants to cooperate with the city and City Council,” Thompson said. “Each side understands the other’s concerns.”

If CDOT’s new GAPP timeline is approved, the area of Grand Avenue between 11th and 14th streets would be affected beginning in July. That portion of the project is expected to take 12 weeks.

During that time, the bus stop in front of Taipei Tokyo will be widened and curbs, gutters, ramps and crosswalks will be rebuilt.

From September to November, Grand Avenue between 11th and 23rd streets will be milled down and repaved.

Thompson said the main concern he’s heard about the new GAPP phasing schedule is CDOT’s plan to rebuild the 800 block of Grand Avenue from September to December of this year.

“It’s getting the most attention for possible change,” he said.

Another concern Thompson has is how the new schedule will mesh with planned intersection improvements at 8th Street and Midland Avenue and at Midland Avenue and Interstate 70 exit 114 in West Glenwood in preparation for the Meadows retail development.

“We’re trying to accomplish a whole lot of things in a short time,” Thompson said. “I just can’t say if that’s achievable or not.”

City Council plans to discuss CDOT’s proposal at its next regular meeting on Feb. 5.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

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