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Green bikes are on the street

Melissa LaeserSpecial to the Post Independent

When you see a bright green bike around town, thank the Police Department and the Better Futures Class at Glenwood Springs High School. Six bikes were donated to the Transportation Demand Management Program by the police department and refurbished by the high school students to promote alternative transportation in Glenwood Springs. These bikes will be located at City Hall, the County Courthouse and downtown and are available for employees to use instead of their car. The program is called “Free Green Ride,” and more bikes will be added to the fleet if the initial round proves to be successful. How “Free Green Ride” works: Employees can locate a bike and ride it to their destination. The IN USE/NOT IN USE signs in the handy basket let others know if the bike is in use or not. Please do not take a bike from a location if the IN USE sign is up. The bike will then be ready to ride back to work and others can use it for their trip. The bikes are intended for city employees, county employees and downtown employees to use during work hours. It is my hope that there will be an abundance of “Free Green Rides” around in the future and bicycling will be the No. 1 option when traveling around town. With GAPP approaching, everyone should be thinking of alternative ways to get around town and help prevent total congestion during construction. Try new options this summer, so you will be prepared for GAPP next summer.For questions regarding the “Free Green Ride” Bike Share Program, call Melissa Laeser at 384-6437.

There are several construction projects scheduled for this summer that may impact your walking/bicycling/driving experience. All projects are scheduled to start in late May or early June, but no exact dates are known at this time.-The intersection of Four Mile Road and Midland Avenue: A roundabout will be constructed to improve the intersection. Traffic will be impacted for a couple of months at that intersection.-West Glenwood interchange: Curb and gutter will be installed in addition to a sidewalk, and the roadway will be striped for three lanes. This should create a more pedestrian-friendly walkway under Interstate 70 and improve access to I-70 during peak traffic hours. There should be no significant traffic impacts.-Pedestrian bridge over the Colorado River and I-70: The existing walkway will be resurfaced as a maintenance treatment. -Walz Avenue: There will be a water main replacement and road reconstruction. -135 Road: A water main will be replaced and the road will be reconstructed after installation.

There will be construction from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on I-70 east of Hanging Lake tunnels (through June). The first phase, extraction of the worn bridge expansion joints, began Monday, April 28. There will be 1-lane alternating traffic and a wide-load restriction in place. Replacement expansion joints will be done next with 30-minute delays expected.There will be construction from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday on Highway 6 & 24 between Soccer Field Road and Donegan Road. There will be a one-lane alternating traffic operation for paving. Delays are possible.


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