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Drainage dispute delays Glenwood roundabout

A last minute disagreement between Glenwood Springs and the Roaring Fork Re-1 School District has delayed construction on the Four Mile Road roundabout until next year at the earliest.The Glenwood Springs City Council called off construction on the $428,000 project during a special meeting Tuesday morning, after the school district said last week it wants the city to fix Four Mile Road drainage problems while building the roundabout.Part of the roundabout sits on a half-acre of school district property along South Midland Avenue and Airport Road, and the city needs an easement to build there.”They want us to solve the Four Mile drainage problem,” city manager Mike Copp told the council. “But it’s not our responsibility.””We’re just an innocent landowner at the bottom of the hill,” city attorney Karl Hanlon added.The drainage would come from private and public lands outside the city limits.Fixing the Four Mile drainage problem would double the project’s cost, Hanlon said.After the City Council voted 7-0 to postpone roundabout construction, it authorized Copp to shift those funds to other street projects. Glenwood Springs awarded Sedalia-based KECI Colorado the roundabout contract in May, which the city will honor by having the company do other work. City Engineer Larry Thompson said the city will probably realign Traver Trail to intersect Highway 6 & 24 directly across from Devereux Road.The city’s contractor will also return the intersection of Four Mile Road, Airport Road and Midland Avenue to its previous, pre-roundabout construction, configuration. The three stop signs at the “Y” intersection will be put back, including the sign that allows southbound motorists to proceed up Four Mile Road from Midland Avenue without stopping. Road cuts across Midland and Airport Road will be patched, gravel in the road will be cleaned up, a shoulder between school district property and Airport Road will be insyalled, and the orange cones and barriers now in place will be hauled away.”The original roadway is still in place,” Thompson said.Work on the roundabout started in early June, but was halted June 12 when the school district told the city there was no signed, intergovernmental agreement (IGA) between the them. Copp told the City Council he authorized construction to proceed without the IGA, after the roundabout was discussed during a March meeting between the council and school district.”At no time was drainage an issue,” Copp said.”When we left the meetings, everyone was happy,” said Mayor Don Vanderhoof, referring to the March meeting. “At the last meeting there was an understanding we had an agreement. But our error was not getting it in writing.”The drainage problems on Four Mile Road start in unincorporated Garfield County, south of the proposed roundabout. Hanlon said the roundabout will not increase the water flow that currently comes through the intersection.No Re-1 School District board members or staffers attended the Tuesday morning meeting. After the meeting, Re-1 finance director Shannon Pelland said the city first proposed the roundabout in 2001, but later moved its exact location without telling the district.”We never received a copy of the final plan until construction started,” Pelland said.After the school district received the final roundabout plan, it hired Wright Water Engineers to review it. Pelland said the water engineers predicted that a 25-year flood event could send water onto school district and Mountain Valley Developmental Services property. The solution, Pelland said, would be to channel the water to Three Mile Creek.Pelland said the school district isn’t taking a stand on whether the county, or city, should fix the Four Mile drainage problem. “We just want to make sure it gets fixed,” she said.Airport Road resident Steve Smith was the only member of the public to speak at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. He called the school district’s behavior “ridiculous,” and told council members to “call them on it.”Contact Lynn Burton: 945-8515, ext. 534lburton@postindependent.com


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