Detour-ism season is heating up |

Detour-ism season is heating up

Traffic flows on the new portion of Wulfsohn Road in front of the still-in-construction Glenwood Meadows project. Midland Avenue remains closed in front of Meadows.

Fasten your seat belts – construction season is upon us in a big way.Beginning the day after school lets out next week, Midland Avenue will be closed from just south of the Eighth Street intersection to the Veltus Park parking lot. That closure will remain in effect until September while the city installs a new traffic signal at the intersection, said Glenwood springs engineer Larry Thompson.Midland remains closed in front of the Glenwood Meadows project, and traffic has been detoured to Wulfsohn Road, which runs in front of the new shopping center.”It’s a whole different view of the project,” Thompson said.

Kinder Morgan has been doing utility work near the Eighth Street intersection this week in preparation for the overall intersection project. That work should be completed Friday, Thompson said. “Then we’ll take couple days off until Thursday, June 2,” to begin the intersection work.The city decided to hold off on the intersection until school let out on June 1. “Then we’ll dive into reconstruction of Eighth and Midland.”Thompson said drivers will be able to access the Veltus Park parking lot from the south side but won’t be able to go beyond Eighth Street from that direction.Anyone from south Glenwood who uses Midland to access the west side of town will now have to cross on the 27th Street bridge and go up Grand Avenue.

“We’re going to encourage people to get back on Grand now that GAPP (Grand Avenue Paving Project) is done and take advantage of the new highway we have there,” Thompson said.The city will construct a detour around the Eighth and Midland intersection through the vacant lot on the northwest corner so drivers can continue to use Eighth Street to get downtown. But that won’t always be open.”There will be certain construction activities when the detour will be closed periodically,” Thompson said. The variable message sign boards on Midland will alert drivers a few days in advance about the detour closure.Construction is also gearing up for the two roundabouts at the west Glenwood Interstate 70 interchange. The Colorado Department of Transportation is in charge of this project, which KECI Colorado Inc. is performing. Utility location work finished this week, and Thursday afternoon the traffic signal on the south side of the interchange was removed.

“I don’t think they’re going to do a lot more construction yet this week,” Thompson said. “They’ll probably hit it hard next Tuesday. That’s when you’ll see things start to change.”Next week the contractor will build a paved detour road to the west of the Highway 6 and Mel Ray Road intersection, Thompson said. It will connect Sixth to the on ramp of I-70 and also run under the bridge to the south side of the interchange.Work on the roundabouts is expected to continue into October.KECI has also set up a construction hotline where people can hear the latest construction update and leave messages, which the company said it will return: 328-2360. Thompson said the city asks motorists to hang in there until all the construction is completed.”We are going to have to ask the driving public for patience this summer. We will try to keep things flowing as best we can. … We hope people will bear with us. When fall gets here we’ll have better transportation system than we have now.”

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