Get ready … the cone zone is back all over Glenwood
March 15th is the date to remember … and it’s only a few days away. In case you haven’t heard, Glenwood Springs’ road construction season begins on this date. Expect to find orange signs, orange vests and orange cones all over Glenwood’s Grand Avenue. Whether you walk, ride your bike or drive, commuters should be prepare for increased congestion and longer commutes. Below is information on two projects affecting Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs and what you need to know to make your commute a better one. Grand Avenue Pedestrian Bridge Deck Replacement Project: The city of Glenwood Springs has contracted with Flatiron Construction to have the decking replaced on the Grand Avenue Pedestrian Bridge, which crosses over I-70, the Colorado River and the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. The Deck Replacement Project is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 15, and to be completed by May 28. Everyone is invited to the public open house for this project on Thursday, March 11, from 5-7 p.m. at the Hotel Colorado. City staff and the contractor will be there to answer your questions and provide explanations about this project, including construction schedules, pedestrian impacts and alternate routes, and information resources. During the bridge closure, bicyclists and pedestrians wanting to cross the Colorado River will have to use the pedestrian bridge at Two Rivers Park. The city of Glenwood Springs will be providing a free shuttle bus offering 15-minute service from Sixth Street to 10th Street from 6-10 p.m. daily throughout the project to transport the public across the river. The contractor has set up a website devoted to this project at http://www.grandavebridge.com where schedules, maps, contacts and project information is presented. For more information, contact Paul Witt at (970) 456-4545 or info@grandavebridge. com. Grand Avenue Paving Project, Phase II (GAPP II): GAPP II is a CDOT surface treatment project that will involve the replacement of the current asphalt driving lanes on Grand Avenue between Sayre Park and 24th Street with a new concrete surface. Curb, gutter and sidewalks will also be replaced.CDOT has contracted with Villalobos Concrete to start on March 15 and end in June. Traffic will be limited to one lane in both directions throughout the duration of construction. Short traffic stops can be anticipated. These will be kept to a minimum and will not occur during the rush hours (6-9 a.m. and 3-7 p.m.). Access will be maintained to businesses and residences in the project work area, but no left turns allowed on to or off of Grand. The traffic light at 23rd Street will be shut off and the intersection (23rd and South Grand Avenue) will be closed throughout the duration of this project. CDOT has a website devoted for the GAPP II project at http://www.dot.state.co. us/gapp (or you can access it from http://www.cotrip.org) where schedules, contacts and project information is presented. For more information on the GAPP II project, call Tom Newland at (970) 618-0724 or e-mail tomn@ sopris.net. For daily project updates, tune into 99.1 KMTS at 6 a.m., 7 a.m., and 8 a.m. Also, look in the newspapers to find out more information on GAPP and how it will affect your travel.Interested in getting real time road condition information or instant news about CDOT? Visit CDOT’s new website at http://www.coloradodot.info and click on the icon in upper right corner entitled “Sign up for Email and Wireless Alerts.”Traffic congestion on Grand Avenue will increase, and your commute will be affected. During the GAPP II project, we encourage you to TRY another form of transportation for your commute. Help create less traffic moving through the construction zone.Glenwood Springs has a great public transportation system, use our local or regional bus system to get through the construction project area. Both RFTA and the free Ride Glenwood provide frequent, convenient service along Grand Avenue. For RFTA and Ride Glenwood bus schedules, purchasing RFTA bus passes or other alternative transportation options, please call 384-6437 or visit http://www.rfta.com.
Donegan Road: The city of Glenwood Springs and Martinez Western will be constructing retaining walls on the north side of Donegan, between Fairview Road and Vista Drive. The road will remain open to through traffic. Flaggers will be on site with slight delays due to equipment working on the north shoulder. Use caution when driving or walking in this area.Devereux Road Pedestrian Bridge Project: Gould Construction has resumed its construction work. The bridge is schedule to arrive and be set into placed on April 5 and 6, causing an intermittent road closure on Devereux Road.Sabrina Harris is transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.
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