Chronic parking crunch may soon be relieved |

Chronic parking crunch may soon be relieved

John Colson
Post Independent staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The ongoing parking crunch in the downtown area may look a little brighter next week, when a newly paved lot on Pitkin Avenue, a little south of the corner with Eighth Street, is expected to open for public parking.

The new lot will be open to the public during daytime and nighttime hours initially, according to Garfield County Public Works Director Betsy Suerth.

The adjacent parking lot, right at the corner of Pitkin and Eighth Street, is split between parking spaces for the public and spaces for Garfield County employees, a distinction that remains in effect after hours, Suerth said.

Both of those lots, however, ultimately are to be devoted exclusively to use by county employees during the daytime, which county officials hope will free up public parking spaces along the streets that now are used by county workers.

Ongoing construction at two small lots at the corner of Seventh Street and Colorado Avenue, meanwhile, continues to be the subject of negotiations between Garfield County and the city of Glenwood Springs.

A small parking lot has existed right at the corner for years, and is jointly owned by the city and the county.

Immediately to the east is another lot, once occupied by a structure but now vacant and owned by the county.

The plan is to combine the two lots into one, in terms of the paving and striping, and to dedicate the new, larger lot to public parking.

At least one county commissioner, Mike Samson, has expressed the hope that the county can take title to the entire western parcel, to merge it with the eastern parcel and simplify maintenance and other legal considerations.

But when the Garfield County commissioners discussed the lot at a meeting on Aug. 15, county attorney Andrew Gorgey said any such property transfer has yet to be worked out.

Suerth said details about parking lot usage will continue to be refined throughout the fall, and that there will be a public information campaign to explain the final rules once all the lots are completed and in operation.

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