Highway 82 access plan open house takes place on Tuesday
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The public will have two chances Tuesday to take a look at the Highway 82 Access Control Plan for the Glenwood Springs area and offer comments before the plan is considered for formal adoption this spring.Two public sessions will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and again from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday as part of an open house sponsored by the city of Glenwood Springs, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Garfield County. The open house will take place at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.CDOT and city officials will be on hand to present the recently revised plan and ask for input.”Community opinions and input are essential to this process,” said Terri Partch, Glenwood Springs city engineer. “Our team is eager to learn as much as possible from citizens with their questions, concerns and recommendations.”An access control plan is a long-range planning document that defines existing and future access points and intersection alignments that could be implemented as redevelopment occurs, or as traffic conditions change.The Highway 82 plan covers nearly five miles of the thoroughfare, from the Interstate 70 exchange, through Glenwood Springs on Grand Avenue and south of town to the vicinity of the Orrison Distributing plant.The access plan was developed last year by city and state transportation officials, working with the consulting group Stolfus & Associates.Input was also collected at previous open houses, through online forms, and in one-on-one meetings with business and home owners along the corridor, and incorporated into the revised plan.This Tuesday’s open house will provide additional input to be included in the final plan.City, county and CDOT officials are to consider formal adoption of the plan through an intergovernmental agreement. Glenwood Springs City Council is scheduled to consider adoption at its March 21 meeting.Once adopted, any future development, redevelopment or infrastructure changes along the corridor must conform to the plan. However, variances to the plan may be approved the city or county, depending on the location, and CDOT.In addition providing comments at the open house, comments may be submitted through a form on the city website at http://www.cogs.us through February, or contact Glenwood Springs Transportation Manager Rosa Mendez Silver at email@example.com to receive a comment form.
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