Grand makeover begins today |

Grand makeover begins today

By Greg MasséPost Independent StaffGLENWOOD SPRINGS – The Grand Avenue Paving Project isn’t the only street work starting on Grand Avenue today. As GAPP commences, the city will begin a project of its own – a manhole replacement project. “We’re doing one utility project that will coincide with GAPP,” Glenwood Springs city engineer Larry Thompson said. “The sanitary sewer manhole replacement project. It’ll start at 14th Street and go south.”Concrete Works of Colorado will do both projects. “The low bidder happened to be the same contractor doing GAPP,” Thompson explained.Both projects will start at about the same point – 14th Street – but they will move in opposite directions. Because of that, Thompson said there could be two separate construction zones. The manhole replacement project is expected to last two months. The two projects will undoubtedly change people’s driving habits somewhat, but it won’t be clear just how people will react until a few days after the projects start. As for suggestions on how to get around during GAPP, Thompson left that up to area drivers. “We’re realistic enough to know that some people will make that decision on their own,” he said. “Part of it will be a learning process to see how easy or hard it is to use Grand Avenue and see if it works for them.”The objective of GAPP is to remove the asphalt from Grand Avenue and replace it with a new concrete surface from the bridge north of Eighth Street to the south end of Sayre Park. The project will be divided into four sections over a 30-week period starting on Sept. 7 and lasting until Memorial Day 2005. There will, however, be a two-month break in construction during December and January. Thompson suggested that people who commute to or through Glenwood Springs should consider using a bus or carpooling during GAPP.Ride Glenwood Springs bus prices will remain at current levels during the fall part of GAPP, but City Council is looking at whether the city should provide free bus service free during the spring, when downtown streets will be worked on, Thompson said. Police will be watching the construction area today to be sure traffic moves through the city evenly. “They’re doing what they can to make sure things get off to a smooth start,” Thompson said.Contact Greg Massé: 945-8515, ext.

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