Fall into the GAPP
When I first heard that GAPP was coming to Glenwood, I was really excited! However, the first thing that a teenage girl thinks of when she hears “GAP” is, of course, the clothing store. Therefore, you can imagine my disappointment when I heard that the acronym GAPP really stood for the Grand Avenue Paving Project.My understanding of GAPP is that we are redoing the main drag of our town into concrete so that it lasts longer. In fact, in the mid-1980s (around the time that the students in the junior and senior classes were born), Grand Avenue was going through a similar face-lift. The street was in such disrepair at that time that it was overflowing with potholes and ruts in every lane. It was enough of a situation to inspire the writing of three plays. “Ruts I, II, III” were comedies about the history and current issues of Glenwood Springs. Their namesake came from the rough condition of our principal avenue.My dad was in the “Ruts” plays, but at the time I was too young to understand the big deal with all of the construction. Yet now, after having my driver’s license for a year, GAPP seems very pertinent to me indeed, especially concerning getting to school on time.Last week was the first day of construction on Grand. My mom made me set my alarm 10 minutes earlier so I could get out of the house that much sooner than normal. After rushing around my house like crazy, I pulled out of my driveway a little before 7:30. That’s pretty good for me! I drove my normal route (over the bypass and down Pitkin) with no delays whatsoever. Yet I arrived at school before 7:40, which is the earliest I can remember in a long time. The good thing about it was that I got a nice parking spot. One of my friends also had a mother who forced her out of the house early in order to beat the traffic. We didn’t know what to do with ourselves at that early of an hour, so we ended up sitting in her car blasting the heat until 8.The general feeling that I’ve gotten from students so far about the construction is that they don’t really care that much. Although it has only been a couple of days, GAPP has not appeared to drastically disrupt many students’ usual routes to school. The project is starting out to be a lot smoother than most people thought. The only inconvenience (so far) that Mr. Wells pointed out was the problem crossing from the school to City Market during lunchtime. The good thing for freshmen is that the intersection onto Grand Avenue from the high school is expected to be finished before the end of October.As the year goes on and the construction progresses, things may not be as easy. Students are encouraged to think of alternate ways of getting to school such as biking, buses, or carpooling. Also, everyone will continually be reminded to leave home earlier in order to make it to classes on time.The Grand Avenue Paving Project is projected to last until the end of May, except for a nice two-month break during the holiday shopping season. So even though there will be no GAP store in Glenwood where you can buy your presents, GAPP is something that everyone will be dealing with all year long.The Grand Avenue Paving Project is projected to last until the end of May, except for a nice two-month break during the holiday shopping season. So even though there will be no GAP store in Glenwood where you can buy your presents, GAPP is something that everyone will be dealing with all year long.
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