Grand Avenue decision comes down to difference between night and day |

Grand Avenue decision comes down to difference between night and day

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Some traffic delays are inevitable in the upcoming two-month downtown water line project, City Council members realize.

But council members hopes the plan they chose for the project Thursday will curtail delays as much as possible.

Council awarded the $546,000 bid for the project – which will replace old city water lines along Grand Avenue from 7th to 10th streets – to Gould Construction of Glenwood Springs.

According to Gould’s plan, construction will be carried out during the day. Also, as part of Gould’s plan, four lanes will remain open to traffic during the entire project.

Construction work will begin Sept. 2 and is slated to be complete Oct. 31 – 25 days earlier than the city-specified completion date of November 25.

During the City Council meeting Thursday, council also considered a plan submitted by Pro Xcavation of Silt to do all construction at night. But concerns about temperatures too low to lay asphalt during the crisp autumn nights, and excessive construction noise during night hours, led council to choose Gould’s plan.

“We’ve got to remember what October is like at night,” said Mark Gould, owner of Gould Construction.

Gould also played a recording of the beeping sound made when trucks back up to council.

“If that’s going to happen from 10 o’clock at night until four in the morning, we’re going to have a lot of unhappy people,” Mayor Don Vanderhoof said.

When the water line replacement project was first conceived, city engineer Larry Thompson and public works director Robin Millyard planned to do construction when Grand Avenue is to be torn up for the Grand Avenue Paving Project, or GAPP, in 2004.

But Colorado Department of Transportation officials told the city that doing both projects at the same time would be too much.

GAPP will repave Grand Avenue from 23rd Street to the Grand Avenue Bridge.

Thompson told City Council on Thursday that CDOT could start work on GAPP as early as March 15, 2004.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

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