Donegan Road is scheduled for several improvements |

Donegan Road is scheduled for several improvements

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. About 970 feet of Donegan Road should be brand new by September.Reconstruction of Donegan was among one of the transportation issues Glenwood Springs had made a top priority. In November 2005, city voters approved increasing a street improvements sales tax from a quarter to a half percent. Donegan will be a major recipient of those funds.”The road was needing some pretty severe maintenance,” said Assistant City Engineer King Lloyd. “Potholes were everywhere.”The first phase stretches from Soccer Field Road about 970 feet to the east. It will add bicycle lanes on each side of the street and two raised pedestrian crossings that hadn’t existed before. A curbside bench area also will be installed.The raised pedestrian crossings are elevated slightly from the roadway with the thought they will have a traffic-calming effect.After phase one’s scheduled completion in September, work will proceed in four more sections. Donegan will be reconstructed east to where it ends at Highway 6. Those phases won’t be complete until 2011, Lloyd estimates.In addition to adding raised pedestrian crossings and bike lanes on both sides throughout much of the project, improving drainage is another aspect of Donegan Road’s reconstruction. Lloyd said drainage inlets will be added where they weren’t before.”We’re actually putting sumps into the collection manholes that will separate sediment and pollutants and trap them inside the manholes so that they won’t be discharged into the Colorado River,” he said.The cost of the first phase is a little over $500,000, Lloyd said, and all five phases are projected to cost as much as $5 million. But it’s difficult to predict what construction costs will be in the future. He said in two years, the city has seen a 30 percent cost increase for street reconstruction.”With concrete being rationed and petroleum fuels going through the roof, who knows what the future holds by 2011,” he said.Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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