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Downtown projects set to start April 30

Illustration courtesy city of Glenwood SpringsThis map of downtown Glenwood Springs shows the two downtown blocks where large construction projects will be starting on Monday, April 30 (in orange) and parking options for vehicles and bicycles. Blue curbs are for two-hour parking, and green curbs and lots are for all-day parking. The wheels scattered through downtown are bicycle racks.
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Pending approvals this week by the four entities involved, construction on the new Glenwood Springs Branch Library and a new two-level parking structure is now slated to begin Monday, April 30.

The library is to be built in the 800 block of Cooper Avenue and the parking structure is to be built in the 900 block of Cooper.

Work can begin a week from today assuming that the Glenwood Springs City Council and the city’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) review the guaranteed maximum bid prices, and that Garfield County Public Library District and Colorado Mountain College officials give final approval for the bids and construction plans.



FCI Constructors Inc. of Longmont is under contract for both projects.

The city government and the DDA are building the parking structure, while the library district and the college are building the library. The library will include an underground parking garage for CMC and second floor space that could be used in the future by the college. The two projects total $17 million.



Combined, the two projects will provide a net gain of 115 public spaces above current parking capacity in the area.

The parking structure is slated for completion by the end of the year, while the library is expected to be finished in fall 2013.

Construction work is expected to be going on seven days a week, with contractors at work from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. weekdays, and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

For the duration, the 800 block of Cooper Avenue will be closed to through traffic.

Contractors will be staging materials at a parking lot at 10th and School, and workers will use that lot for parking.

The construction projects will also limit the parking available in the downtown core.

Those who work downtown are encouraged to ride the bus, ride a bicycle or walk.

More than three dozen bicycle racks located throughout the downtown core will accommodate parking for bicycles.

Bus transportation through the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority and the Ride Glenwood in-town bus transit loop is also encouraged. Bus service times, stops and fares may be found at http://www.rfta.com and http://www.cogs.us.

Three alternative parking lots with public 12-hour vehicle and adjacent bicycle parking will be available for employees and visitors to the downtown.

• Tenth and School Streets, next to the Glenwood Springs Recycling Center, with 91 vehicle spaces

• City Hall public parking lot on Eighth Street, west of City Hall, with 64 spaces;

• The Seventh Street public parking lot, expected to reopen in May, with 56 spaces.

• The Cooper Avenue public parking lot, located between the fire department substation and the First United Methodist Church, will remain open even though that block of Cooper will be closed to through traffic. Motorists can get to the lot from Cooper Avenue, and will exit the lot via the alley heading back to Ninth.

FCI Constructors plans to provide construction updates to residents and businesses near the construction site, and will provide weekly project updates that will be posted on the city’s website at http://www.cogs.us/parkingalternatives.

For more information about the downtown construction and parking alternatives, contact Rosa Mendez Silver, city transportation manager, at 384-6437 or rosa.silver@cogs.us; or Stan Kiser, FCI, at (970) 434-9093 or skiser@fciol.com.


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