Grand Avenue bridge detour causing trash pickup changes |

Grand Avenue bridge detour causing trash pickup changes

The city of Glenwood Springs is changing the start time for trash pick-up to 5 a.m. The start time for construction work in the city will also be moved up, from 7 to 6 a.m.

By allowing trash haulers and construction companies to get started earlier in the day, the city is hoping to reduce the number of vehicle trips made by these groups during the busy points of the day, helping alleviate delay times for commuters. In order to accommodate this change, the city landfill will open earlier for licensed trash removal trucks. Landfill hours will remain the same for public use.

It is part of the effort to reduce peak-hour traffic during the Grand Avenue bridge detour, which starts Aug. 14. Peak traffic hours are from 6:30-9 a.m., and 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Residential Trash Pick-up Times

From Aug. 14 to the end of the Grand Avenue Bridge detour, residential trash pick-up times will begin at 5 a.m. Monday through Friday. Residents must put trash out in the early morning to avoid bear incidents, unless residents have a bear-proof container. Trash that is not in a bear-proof container is not permitted outside the night before trash pick-up. If trash is not out at 5 a.m. on your designated trash pick-up day, no trash service will be issued until the following week.

Glenwood Springs property owners and renters are already required to keep trash in either an enclosed, secure area, such as a garage or shed, or outdoors in a bear/wildlife-resistant container prior to trash collection days. A first offense nets a $50 fine, while a second offense could cost $500, unless a violator can provide proof of purchase of a wildlife-resistant trash container.

Commercial Trash Pick-up Times

From Aug. 14 to the end of the bridge detour, commercial trash pick-up times in Glenwood Springs will begin at 2 a.m. Monday through Friday.

Roll-off Pick-up Times

Roll-off pick-up times in Glenwood Springs will remain the same during this time. Additional roll-off storage may be coordinated with the landfill.

Noise Ordinances

From Aug. 14 to the end of the detour, Glenwood Springs is waiving all noise ordinances associated with trash pick-up during the approved trash pick-up times (5 a.m. to 7 p.m.). The city is also waiving those noise ordinances associated with construction work occurring during the approved times (6 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends). Trash pick-up times will be in the early morning hours to alleviate day-time traffic congestion.

Why Is This Necessary?

The Grand Avenue bridge detour begins on Aug. 14 and will be in place for approximately 95 days while a new bridge is completed. During this time, a 35 percent reduction in vehicle trips is needed during peak hours. By allowing trash companies to pick up earlier, Glenwood Springs authorities hope to reduce vehicle trips from trash companies during the busy points of the day and alleviate delay times.

Check with your trash removal provider for information about when you can expect the trash to be picked up at your house.

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