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The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor Flatiron Construction completed repairs with a final walk-through inspection on Wednesday. Flatiron Construction Corporation, of Longmont, has beat the project completion date, which was initially set for May 15, but was extended to May 31 when CDOT added wire mesh (rockfall netting) to the project.Flatiron began the repairs on March 8. Because of the critical need to expedite repairs on the interstate, the contract carried with it a $5,000 a day incentive for early completion (with $5,000 deducted each day the work runs past their set completion date). The maximum incentive is set at 5 percent of the contractor’s bid items, which totaled $620,830. Thus, Flatiron Construction has earned $31,000 in early-completion incentives by beating the May 31 project completion date by 12 calendar days.”I can’t say enough about the efficient, high-quality work that Flatiron has performed,” CDOT Region 3 East Program Engineer Joe Elsen said. “Even with the addition of rockfall netting and some weather challenges, the contractor expedited this project, maintained a safe work zone and delivered a successful project.”The repair work took place just west of Hanging Lake Tunnel. The work involved bridge deck and bridge wall/rail repairs (including 150 feet of new steel bridge rail); guardrail repairs (about 120 linear feet) to hillside concrete barrier; median concrete barrier repair (replacement of 400 linear feet); removal and replacement of 690 square feet of concrete retaining walls; straightening of steel bridge girders using a flame straightening process; some lighting and electrical repairs; and repairs to the bike trail below. Finally, crews used approximately 500 tons of base course material on the roadway, as well as 400 tons of patching asphalt to repair the driving surface.Flatiron Construction, with assistance from rockfall contractor Rock Solid Solutions, also installed 14,000 square feet of wire mesh along a section of the canyon wall, near the bottom of the two chutes that delivered the rocks on the March 8 rockfall event. The costs of the rockfall incident and the repair project include the following:Rockfall Incident: $300,000 (maintenance costs, traffic control, blasting/scaling, helicopter); construction phase; $1,880,000 (including the additional $300,000 for the rockfall mesh); Total: $2,180,000 These costs will be reimbursed by the Federal Highway Administration. CDOT is also requesting additional federal assistance to conduct a follow-up selection study on additional rockfall mitigation in the canyon. More information on this will be sent at a later date when information is available.
Glenwood Springs City Council will consider a request from the Planning and Zoning Commission to approve a zoning variance for a special use permit submitted by Valley View Hospital. The permit is for a major development permit for a proposed 143,000 square foot addition to Valley View Hospital for a cancer center and related hospital administration facilities.The zoning variance requests that the city allow the hospital to exceed the city’s maximum building height of 35 feet. The proposed structure would stand 91 feet 7 inches from Blake Street.Glenwood Springs P&Z voted to recommend approval of the major development and special use permit for the project in April. City staff had recommended denial based on concerns about the requested height variance and parking issues, however the project was still approved by P&Z.Council will also discuss and possibly vote on a proposed ordinance that would impose a temporary moratorium on any new medicinal marijuana dispensaries within the city limits of Glenwood Springs.Council proposed the moratorium to allow adequate time to address specific issues related to the regulation of the new industry in town. Most councilors agreed that a moratorium would also allow them to see how the state legislature would vote on HB 1284, which was passed by both the state Senate and House earlier this month. The bill creates stricter regulations and licensing requirements for the industry. Gov. Bill Ritter is expected to sign the bill into law in the coming weeks.Thursday’s council meeting starts at 6 p.m.
The Colorado Department of Transportation and contractor Elam Construction began a surface treatment project on I-70 west of Glenwood Springs on Monday. The project resurfaces the interstate between mile point 110.1 (about 4 miles west of Glenwood) and mile point 118.6 (excluding a section that had been resurfaced in 2006, from MP 112 to 116.4).The work includes 2-inch planing and an asphalt overlay of the drive lanes and interchange ramps; bridge approach concrete slab repair/replacement; bridge deck patching; guardrail upgrades; weather sensors; traffic counters near No Name Tunnel; drainage improvements; and pavement markings. CDOT contracted the project to Elam for $2.9 million. Traffic impacts involve the following through the project’s completion by Aug. 20, unless otherwise noted. (There may be some Saturday work; paving on mainline I-70 will not begin until early June.) South Canyon• Westbound: Monday – Friday, 6 a.m. – 4 p.m.• Eastbound: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.• Eastbound: 24/7 – there is an eastbound lane closure in place at mile point 111 until bridge approach work is complete, likely by late June. This full-time closure is causing delays during the morning peak travel period from 7:30-9:30 a.m.; motorists are encouraged to plan extra time for their commutes during this period. (There is also a 16-foot width restriction for eastbound travel while this lane closure is in place.)
The Glenwood Springs Art Guild has completed its gifting for 2010.Thirty schools from Basalt to Parachute received $150 each for a total of $4,500. Seven libraries from Basalt to Parachute received $100 each for a total of $700. The monies are to be used for the purchase of educational or instructional art books and/or art videos.Eight organizations (including Advocate Safehouse Project, Colorado State Veterans Nursing Home, Colorado West Mental Health, Valley View Youth Recovery Center, Mountain Valley Developmental Services – Early Detection Program, Mountain Valley Developmental Services – Adult Program, Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts, and Children’s Mini College) each received $150 for the purchase of art supplies, educational or instructional art books, and/or videos. The total given to these eight organizations is $1,200.Total gifting for the Glenwood Springs Art Guild for 2010 was $6,400.All monies awarded in our gifting and scholarship programs are raised at the annual Fall Art Festival the last week of September every year. If you would like to become a supporter of the arts and help our community, please contact Ruth Mollman 319-0062 to become a purchase patron for the upcoming festival.
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