Glenwood Springs traffic calming bid decision is delayed |

Glenwood Springs traffic calming bid decision is delayed

Pete Fowler
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” A construction bid for traffic calming features on Midland Avenue may not be what it once was.

The City Council voted to postpone a decision awarding a $170,728 bid to Gould Construction for three speed tables and two raised pedestrian crossings and a landscaped median. The city had committed about $150,000 for the speed tables, raised pedestrian crossings and four solar-powered speed display signs that have already been installed. The speed display signs cost $26,214.

The City Council approved proceeding with all of those features in January. The features represent the first of three phases of construction to place 14 traffic-calming devices on Midland Avenue between Eighth Street and 27th Street to try to get people to actually drive the 25 mph speed limit. The total price tag for all three phases was projected to be about $1.7 million.

City Manager Jeff Hecksel recommended approving the bid for the speed tables and raised pedestrian crossings remaining in phase one. He said the city and the contractor already went through the bid process, and the city has made commitments to the surrounding neighborhood to slow traffic on Midland Avenue.

Despite fears over national economic uncertainty, now is a good time to bid since contractors are looking for work, he added.

The city’s engineering department expected construction to begin in the spring. But city councilors balked at the bid coming in higher than what the city allocated for the work.

“The 170 bid would put us over the $150,000 we committed to put in on phase one,” City Councilor Shelley Kaup said, suggesting that the work could be pared down to cut cost.

Some city councilors worried about the message not awarding the bid would send to contractors, but did not want to increase spending on the project.

“I’m very aware of the ramifications of holding out a bid to contractors then pulling it back,” said Councilor Russ Arensman. “I’m also very aware of the neighborhood desires on that project, but I think we’re in a very different environment and a very different world than we were two weeks ago.”

He suggested holding off on awarding the bid and revisiting it in the spring. He added, “It’s easier to make some small cuts now than to make some very big painful cuts next year.”

Councilor Kris Chadwick recommended reducing the amount of work in the bid or delaying awarding it until the spring.

She said, “It concerns me that council authorized $150,000 for phase one, and I think we should stay within our budget.”

Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121

Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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