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Glenwood Springs alternate route through town, already slowed by construction, will be completely shut down for about a week as of Thursday.Contractors will close the intersection at Midland Avenue and Eighth Street as part of a summer-long reconstruction project at the intersection that will begin that day.The city hopes to provide at least limited use of the intersection throughout most of the project. However, the initial closure is required so crews can construct a detour route on a lot on the northeast corner of the intersection.Palisade Constructors plans to rotomill Eighth Street from the bridge over the Roaring Fork to the intersection, and then use the milled-up roadbase to build the detour.Jerry Deverick, the project spokesman for Palisade Constructors, said it probably will take until about June 9 to reopen the intersection to through traffic.Many motorists passing through Glenwood Springs use Midland and the intersection to get through the city while avoiding traffic on Grand Avenue. Besides the intersection work, Midland travel is being slowed in West Glenwood by a roundabout project at the Interstate 70 interchange, and another detour around where a traffic light is being installed in front of the Glenwood Meadows development.
Ed Green is on board. So is Jess Smith. The Garfield County manager and assistant manager are gung-ho for hybrid vehicles, so much in fact that the county now owns 11 of the fuel-efficient vehicles.Among the countys motor pool are three Toyota Prius cars and eight 2005 Ford Escape SUV hybrids. The county took delivery of its first hybrid car, a Prius, in 2002.Although hybrid cars and trucks generally cost $4,000 to $5,000 more than conventional models, Green feels the extra price is warranted because of the great fuel savings. Plus, its good policy.
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