City faces 12 months of road work
Post Independent Staff
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Drivers here could have a long, slow 12 months starting in September.
According to a plan introduced Thursday night at the regular City Council meeting, the intersection rebuilding project at 8th Street and Midland Avenue will start right about when the Grand Avenue Paving Project wraps up in May 2005. The estimate given by city engineer Larry Thompson for the start date of that project was May 15, 2005.
Also, while a specific timeline hasn’t yet been announced, reconstruction of the Interstate 70 West Glenwood exit 114 interchange for the Glenwood Meadows shopping center will also most likely be done in 2005.
If this schedule holds true, major roadwork along the two commuter routes through Glenwood Springs ” one along Grand Avenue, the other on Midland Avenue ” will start this September and end a year later.
There is a two-month break in the building action from December 2004 through January 2005, but aside from that, the new plan calls for constant roadwork.
“We thought the best thing to do is to get GAPP done, then hammer on the other side,” city manager Mike Copp said.
GAPP, a Colorado Department of Transportation project that will completely resurface Grand Avenue with 10 inches of concrete from the Grand Avenue Bridge to as far as 20th Street, is set to start Sept. 7. The end point of the construction project won’t be determined until the Colorado Department of Transportation awards a bid. It could be anywhere from 14th to 20th streets.
The first phase of GAPP will run through Dec. 3. During that time, CDOT will complete the section of street between the Grand Avenue Bridge and 10th Street.
The next phase, which runs from Feb. 1 through May 26, 2005, will pave from 10th Street to the southern end of the project.
The tight timeline stems from the impending construction of Glenwood Meadows. Part of the agreement between the city and Meadows developers calls for intersection improvements to be made before any stores there can be opened.
Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511
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