GAPP II on track to finish two weeks early |

GAPP II on track to finish two weeks early

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Contractors anticipate that the Grand Avenue Paving Project will be completed by the end of May.

According to project spokesman Tom Newland, Villalobos Construction is rapidly reaching completion of the project, which should be finished sometime between May 18 and May 21.

“This will put the project at least 14 days ahead of schedule,” Newland stated.

The third phase of GAPP II started on Monday, May 10 and involved pouring the center lane of Grand Avenue; that phase is “essentially complete,” Newland stated in a press release.

While some work remains to be done along the sides of Grand Avenue, the work is expected to be completed by the end of next week.

The contractor hopes to have permanent lane striping conducted over this weekend. However, work will continue the week of May 17 as crews begin the project cleanup and complete the final “punch list” items that remain.

In addition to the final lane striping, the traffic markers on the pavement at all of the stoplights on Grand Avenue, between 23rd Street and 8th Street, will also be painted. This work will be outside the construction area and should only take a short period of time to finish.

After the remaining work items are completed, the final cleanup of the project can begin.

Traffic will remain in single-lanes in each direction to provide safe working areas for the crews as they complete the work. The lane configuration may vary depending on specific locations of the work is being conducted, so signage and traffic control will change over the next week.

The uncured pavement that was driven on by a vehicle early Tuesday morning still needs to be tested to see if it must be replaced. Core samples will be taken today or tomorrow and the integrity of the bond between the cement and the aggregate will be determined. If the bonding has been compromised, that section of concrete may need to be removed and replaced, Newland said.

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