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City undertakes downtown parking survey Aug. 15-17

Cathy Tuttle and David Hauter

What is downtown Glenwood Springs’ parking supply? What is the parking demand for two-hour- vs. no-time-limit locations? What will parking conditions be like in the future? Is additional parking required? Who needs additional parking?Last March, Glenwood Springs City Council requested a task force to be formed from members of the Downtown Development Authority, Glenwood Springs city staff and the city’s TDM consultants to develop a strategic parking plan for the downtown area. In May, the first of three public meetings was held to find out what parking issues were of most concern to citizens.The task force has been working to implement a parking utilization survey within the downtown district. The survey is the recommended procedure suggested by parking experts as the best way to approach parking use and needs. It is an essential element of the ongoing effort to create a strategic plan to improve downtown parking. The area to be surveyed includes the downtown business area within the DDA and adjacent residential neighborhoods. The survey will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Aug. 15-17 to determine turnover, duration, vacancy and purpose of trip.The survey techniques have been developed and used in creating parking plans in other communities faced with similar parking issues. While some may believe the parking problems are obvious and solutions are simple, a wide variety of perceptions and conflicting interests can be misleading when compared with what actually happens on the streets and in the parking lots. It is important to truly understand the problem so an effective plan can be developed. The public will be invited to view the survey results and offer input on solutions this fall. Watch for advertisements in the Post Independent. The data collected can be used to assist City Council in other planning efforts in the area such as the confluence area plan. Construction report for Glenwood SpringsWork will continue this week on replacement of the water main in Highway 6 in West Glenwood between Traver Trail and 135 Road. Crews will be installing fire hydrants and connecting services at various locations in the project area. Construction hours will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Short delays may be expected as flaggers alternately route one-way traffic through the construction area.Construction crews will continue landscaping work on Eighth Street west of Pitkin Avenue and the south end of School Street.Reconstruction of the street and sidewalks on North Park Drive from Grand Avenue to Roaring Fork Drive will continue. The paving will begin on Tuesday, August 13, weather permitting. North Park Drive and Roaring Fork Drive (south of the high school football field) will be open to local traffic Monday through Friday 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., otherwise this portion of North Park Drive and Roaring Fork Drive will be closed. There will be no weekend traffic detours.Reconstruction of the street, sidewalks, and water main on West 13th Street from the intersection of Midland Avenue to Walz Avenue will begin Wednesday, Aug. 14. The construction area will be open to local traffic only during the working hours of 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. with occasional delays. The water main trenches will be filled or covered at the end of each workday. This project will take approximately 60 days to complete. Thursday, Aug. 15, there will be an excavation in the middle of Midland Ave. at this intersection that will one lane traffic from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Construction report for Highway 82Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. upvalley and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. downvalley, traffic will be reduced to one lane in one or both directions at various locations between south Glenwood Springs and Carbondale for scarification operations (heat treating the existing pavement). Only minor delays are expected.Cathy Tuttle is with the transportation team of Kaup/Tuttle LLC transportation consultants for the city of Glenwood Springs and David Hauter is vice-chairman of the DDA board. Please call 382-6427 or e-mail to try@ci.glenwood-springs.co.us. This column will appear every Monday to explain how each person in our community can make a difference in our quality of life. Transportation Responsibility & You – one day at a time, one trip at a time!


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