Council OKs night paving for GAPP |

Council OKs night paving for GAPP

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Night paving will be allowed during the Grand Avenue Paving Project on one condition: the loud backup alarms have to be shut off.

Colorado Department of Transportation resident engineer Karen Rowe told City Council Thursday she’d look into the legalities of shutting off the alarms.

“We would like to restrict it, and we’re going to try,” Rowe said.

The conditional approval for night paving was made by council at its regular meeting Thursday.

Backup alarms are a safety measure installed on trucks and other construction equipment to warn people that a piece of equipment is backing up. They’re required by law.

Rowe said she’d look into alternatives to the backup alarm, such as replacing it with a strobe light or having a flag person stand behind vehicles to warn people when they’re backing up.

The payoff for allowing night paving is that the project would move along faster.

“If you can allow these three nights in each block of concrete paving, we can get this done so much more quickly,” Rowe told council.

The $4.2 million project is slated to run from September 2004 to May 2005, with a midwinter break.

Members of council were discussing some sort of an alarm muffler so it wouldn’t be so loud, but City Councilman Bruce Christensen said any alarm at night would be too much.

“The only way I could possibly support night paving … it has to be conditioned to some alternative to a backup alarm,” he said.

With that condition added, council approved night paving unanimously, 5-0.

Rowe also said hotel vouchers will be offered to residents in case the noise is too much to sleep through.

“Vouchers will be available for people to relocate,” she said.

She also said concrete paving is the only activity that will be allowed at night.

In other business, City Council:

– Ratified its 2004 goals.

– Approved a grant agreement for the transit operations plan. The grant will help pay for Ride Glenwood Springs planning.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

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