G-REX: The monster repaving project that’s coming to Glenwood
Concerns about an upcoming mammoth repaving project – now being dubbed “G-REX” – prompted the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association to push for a new task force and study of the Ride Glenwood Springs program. The Colorado Department of Transportation plans to rip up and repave Grand Avenue during the summer of 2004. It’s gotten the name that’s similar to metro Denver’s multi-year Interstate 25 “T-REX” construction projectGetting more people on the buses will help to decrease traffic on Grand Avenue, said chamber director Marianne Virgili.She said the chamber will put $4,000 toward a bus system study that could include new technology, altered bus routes, fare changes and pursuit of other funding sources. “We’ll get the community excited about this,” she said. As a group, the chamber recently decided to make Glenwood Springs into a “model mountain community” in terms of public transit, Virgili said. She noted that when the chamber has set goals in the past, they’ve been met successfully.”The plan is partly to mitigate the forthcoming problems in 2004,” she said. City Council will match the Chamber’s $4,000 to fund the study. “I don’t see any downside to this,” Councilman Dave Merritt said. But Mayor Don Vanderhoof recalled a meeting several years ago where merchants held a meeting to try and accomplish just the opposite of what’s now being proposed. “I can remember when your predecessors held meetings that were just as important. They were trying to figure out how to get traffic onto Grand Avenue,” he said. And Councilman Don Gillespie warned Virgili and Transportation Demand Management director Cathy Tuttle to be wary of finding solutions that are impossible to implement. “Please don’t come back and say we’re going to have free buses every 10 minutes and nobody’s going to pay for it,” he said. According to the plan, the task force will study the bus system during the winter, then come back in March with three possible solutions and get public input into which should be chosen. “If the community wants something,” Virgili said, “they will work for it and do whatever they can to get it.”In other business:-City Council turned town an offer from Carbondale officials to comment on Carbondale’s proposed Crystal River Marketplace. Mayor Don Vanderhoof pointed out that “it’s not that we’re being hard-nosed about it,” but rather, he said, they just don’t have sufficient time to review the project by the Wednesday deadline. Also, Councilman Don Gillespie said “it would be hypocritical of us to lambaste them when we’re going to develop Wulfsohn.”-Council members commended Jeff Hiltner for paying crews to clean up areas of Glenwood Springs. But they also wanted to be sure citizens know it’s not city crews going onto private property and removing plants and flowers. They decided to send Hiltner a congratulatory letter that also reminds him to ask permission before going onto private property. -Learned that the Salvation Army has officially declined the offer to use the abandoned service station at the intersection of 23rd and Grand as a day shelter for the winter months.
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