Fast track to a slow down |

Fast track to a slow down

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” More traffic calming devices are on the way for Midland Avenue.

The Glenwood Springs City Council voted Thursday night to award a $170,728 bid to Gould Construction to build three speed tables, two raised pedestrian crossings and a landscaped median.

The work was called into question Oct. 16 when city councilors balked at the idea of awarding the bid. They were concerned that the low bid came in for more than the $150,000 amount that was already approved for the work and questioned whether that was a good idea during a time of national economic troubles. Some suggested waiting to reconsider the work again during the spring.

Others wondered about the mixed message it would send contractors to hold out a bid and then not give them the work.

The city already installed four solar-powered speed display signs on Midland Avenue for $26,214. The city council approved building all of the features in January. The devices were envisioned as the first of three phases to place 14 traffic-calming devices on Midland Avenue between Eighth Street and 27th Street to try to get people to drive the 25 mph speed limit. Building all three phases was estimated to cost around $1.7 million.

The city agreed to pay $250,000 to Loris and Associates to come up with the design.

One member of the audience showed up to encourage the City Council to award the bid.

“Actually, I just came here to see if there are any cheap landscaping planters I could buy,” he joked, referring to the concrete boxes that used to be on Midland Avenue.

Installed as a temporary measure, the planters met criticism from the get go and two motorists crashed into them shortly after they were put in, although drivers appeared to adjust to them after that. They were removed in October 2007 after city officials said they were in bad shape and no longer had any effect on speed.

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