Grand Avenue resurfacing to begin in mid-March in Glenwood Springs |

Grand Avenue resurfacing to begin in mid-March in Glenwood Springs

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The Colorado Department of Transportation will begin resurfacing a portion of Grand Avenue (Highway 82) through Glenwood Springs beginning in March.

The Grand Avenue Paving Project (GAPP II) is a continuation of the first Grand Avenue Paving Project (GAPP) executed in 2004 and 2005, and involves replacement of the asphalt driving lanes, concrete curbs and gutter, sidewalks and driveways. Approximately 2,400 feet or 0.5 mile of Grand Avenue will be resurfaced in concrete, beginning where GAPP I stopped at Sayre Park. The new work will continue the concrete roadway from Sayre Park to 24th Street on Grand Avenue.

The work is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 15, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, with some weekend work anticipated. A completion date is scheduled for early June.

The work will be completed in phases to provide one lane of traffic in both directions continuously through the construction zone. Grand Avenue will remain open to traffic during construction, and access to businesses will be maintained, although some may be temporarily altered.

In the first phase, crews will focus on the westbound lanes. Both directions of traffic will be reduced to a single lane and will be restricted to the eastbound lanes. The second phase will relocate traffic into the new driving surface on the westbound lanes while the eastbound lanes are replaced.

Directional traffic will be relocated to the two outside lanes while the center turn lane is replaced. Access to local businesses and residences along this section of Grand Avenue will also be accommodated by the phasing plan.

Motorists can expect single-lane traffic in both directions for the duration of the project. Travel delays should also be expected, especially during peak travel periods. CDOT advises alternate routes.

Two public open house meetings will be held to provide information about the project and answer any questions, according to Tom Newland, public information manager for the project. Newland encourages everyone with questions or concerns regarding the project to attend one of the open houses. The public meetings will be held at the Roaring Fork School District Administration building at 1405 Grand Ave. in Glenwood Springs on Monday, March 1, and Wednesday, March 3. Meetings will be from 5-7p.m.

Villalobos Concrete of Denver was awarded the $2.4 million contract.

A project hotline and website will be set up to provide information for commuters, and Newland will provide updates during construction every morning on KMTS radio, 99.1, and 96.7 FM.

Any person with questions or concerns regarding the project can contact Tom Newland at (970) 618-0724.

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