Grand Avenue paving project about to enter final phase on Monday |

Grand Avenue paving project about to enter final phase on Monday

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The Grand Avenue Paving Project (GAPP II) is going along very well, according to project spokesman Tom Newland.

While inclement weather slowed work down late last week, Newland reported that the second phase of the project will be completed this Saturday, if the weather holds out.

Remaining second phase work includes pouring the north half of the Safeway entrance at 20th Street; pouring the access between Arby’s and the Diamond Shamrock fuel station; pouring the crosswalks and right turn lane at South Grand Avenue (23rd Street); and forming and pouring the remaining sidewalk, curb and gutter.

A new sidewalk alignment will be placed along Grand Avenue between the Safeway entrance and Wendy’s. This portion of sidewalk will now be detached from the curb and will help to ease the pedestrian congestion at the Safeway bus stop/20th Street intersection. It should make for a safer and more pleasing streetscape interface for the pedestrian.

Safeway agreed to provide the city with an easement to accommodate the new sidewalk.

On Saturday, the third phase of the project will be prepared. Work includes placement of the new temporary striping for the third phase traffic control plan and placing the asphalt connection to the new concrete surface at the south end of the project at 24th Street. Traffic will be switched over to the new configuration Monday morning.

The third phase of the project consists of paving the center lane and conducting work to close out the project. The traffic pattern will change to include one lane of traffic in each of the outside traffic lanes of the north- and southbound lanes.

The two inside lanes will be closed to provide a safe, useable workspace for the crews as they place the center lane.

Once the new lane is poured it will take a few days to cure. Crews will then concentrate on finishing any “side work,” such as short sections of sidewalk or drainage inlets, that remain to be done. Project cleanup and preparing for final striping will then have to be completed. Final striping will probably occur during evening and night hours to reduce impacts on traffic.

The third phase is the shortest in duration, scheduled to take 20 days as opposed to the 35-day schedules for phases one and two. The contractor has been successful in bringing both phases to completion ahead of schedule and is confident that the entire project will be completed ahead of the June 11 completion date. Newland announced that the contractor was optimistic that the project could be completed by the Memorial Day weekend.

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