GAPP II will enter second phase Friday |

GAPP II will enter second phase Friday

Staff Report
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The second phase of the Grand Avenue Paving Project (GAPP II) will begin Friday.

Traffic will be switched to the northbound (down valley) lanes of Grand Avenue as crews begin work on the southbound lanes.

The GAPP II project involves the resurfacing of the asphalt driving lanes to concrete for a half-mile portion of Grand Avenue between Sayre Park and 24th Street. The project is a continuation of the Grand Avenue Paving Project completed in 2004-05.

Friday morning, commuters and local traffic will be directed onto the new concrete lanes. The contractor, Villalobos Concrete of Denver, will begin milling and removing the old asphalt pavement on the southbound lanes. This portion of the project is scheduled to take 35 days to complete.

Immediately following the second phase, the final phase of work replacing the center lane of Grand Avenue will begin. That phase is scheduled for 20 days. However, according to project spokesman Tom Newland, the phasing plan has been modified slightly in order to reduce the impacts to residences on the west side of Grand Avenue, across from Sayre Park.

Along that section of Grand Avenue, both southbound lanes and the center turn lane will be completed together at the beginning of phase II to shorten the impacts on homeowners in that area.

Residents in the construction zone will be required to park on side streets for seven days, starting Friday, while the new concrete is placed and has time to cure. Access to their properties will then be opened up on the new travel lanes.

Businesses along the west side of the street will have open access throughout the duration of the project.

The second phase will require a significant traffic control effort, similar to the first phase. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in both directions throughout the project area, from north of Sayre Park to 24th Street.

Right turns to access businesses, residences and side streets will be allowed. Left turns will be discouraged during rush hours, but flaggers will be stationed at intersections to assist drivers with left turns during less congested time periods.

Signs will be placed along traffic lanes indicating where temporary construction accesses are for each business on the west side of Grand Avenue.

The 23rd Street, South Grand Avenue and Park Drive (south) intersections will be closed during this phase of the project. Businesses on South Grand Avenue will continue to have access via 27th Street. A detour for businesses on South Grand Avenue will be posted for up-valley traffic.

The 23rd Street and Grand Avenue traffic light will remain non-operational, but pedestrian crossings will be possible with flagger assistance.

The pedestrian crossing signal at Sayre Park will remain closed through this portion of the project.

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