Glenwood Springs street, parking closures in effect this week
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Access from Grand Avenue to east Eighth and Ninth streets and parking on those streets remains limited for the next two weeks, while the last bit of street work related to the parking garage and library projects is completed prior to the summer season.
Also, the city parking garage at Ninth and Cooper is closed through Friday this week for final improvements to that site.
The construction work over the next two weeks will be the final off-site work associated with the parking garage, which opened at the first of the year, and the new library and Colorado Mountain College building at Eighth and Cooper, which is slated to open later this summer.
“May is the best construction window for asphalt and concrete work,” said Dave Betley, assistant director of public works for the city, in a press release. “The asphalt, curb and gutter will be completely replaced, not patched, and will endure for many years.”
Eighth and Ninth streets remain open to westbound access to Grand Avenue, and businesses on that block are open through the 10-day construction period. The Eighth Street construction will conclude on May 22, when two-way traffic and on-street parking will resume.
Day Out Downtown
To help draw people downtown in the meantime, the Glenwood Springs Downtown Partnership is hosting a Day Out Downtown on Thursday. Boutiques, shops and restaurants will be offering specials and having prize drawings to encourage people to shop and browse downtown.
While the parking garage is closed this week, the Downtown Partnership and the city are offering “three-for-one” Parking Perks rewards for bike commuters and downtown workers who use one of the alternative all-day parking lots on the west side of Grand Avenue.
Throughout May, $30 in cash-equivalent tokens will be randomly handed out, instead of the usual $10 tokens.
Alternative lots providing free, 12-hour parking are located at Seventh Street west of the Garfield County Courthouse, west of Glenwood Springs City Hall, and near the recycling center at School and 10th streets.
The 151-space parking garage on Cooper Avenue will reopen for the summer starting Saturday, May 18.
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