CDOT paves the way for feedback on project |

CDOT paves the way for feedback on project

If you drive on Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs, your world will change in 2004.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is planning to pave Grand Avenue from just south of the bridge at 8th Street all the way to 23rd Street. Construction is estimated to take eight months, but depending on decisions yet to be made, could be completed in as little as six months or may extend more than a year. The project budget is $3.2 million. The majority of the road will be resurfaced with concrete and part may be completed with asphalt.

Drivers, speak now and in the upcoming months or forever silence your car horns.

CDOT officials are in the process of studying a project that will impact our lives next year. The good news is, they want our input.

Last Wednesday and Thursday, CDOT held open houses at Glenwood Springs City Hall. More than 15 illustrated panels were on display, outlining everything from the pros and cons of the project to detail on the entire construction zone, side streets, possible business impacts, alternatives for lane closures, proposed bus routes, driveways and more. About 100 people reportedly attended the open houses.

Further, CDOT provided a questionnaire, requesting those who attended the sessions to respond to questions regarding time of construction (day or night), one- or two-lane construction, possible additions to the project and future public meetings.

It’s not too late to do some homework on the Grand Avenue paving project and offer feedback. First, CDOT will provide updates on the SH82 Web site, which is Also, public meetings are tentatively scheduled to be held again in Glenwood in July or August.

We’ll bet you’ve heard of TRex. Luckily, the Glenwood plan is small fry compared to the giant Front Range roadwork. But, CDOT did have a name the paving project contest. Of the suggestions we’ve reviewed, our top choice is “The GAPP” (The Grand Avenue Paving Project).

You may need to get used to hearing this.

– Valerie Smith, Publisher

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