Glenwood to restrict restaurant deliveries during detour
Downtown Glenwood Springs restaurant deliveries will be limited in terms of hours and locations for trucks to park and unload during the Grand Avenue bridge detour that starts Monday.
About 20 restaurants are located in the downtown area, and must be stocked with supplies almost every day.
For the anticipated 95-day duration of the detour, the city is asking that vendors and suppliers make their deliveries to downtown locations between midnight and 11 a.m.
Delivery trucks will also not be permitted to load and unload on Seventh or Eighth streets, or in the alleyways adjacent to those streets, according to a news release sent by the city on Tuesday.
“Restaurant deliveries will only be allowed on the west side of the 700 block of Cooper Avenue and the east side of the 700 block of Colorado Avenue,” the release stated.
Glenwood Springs police intend to monitor the downtown area for compliance.
“Drivers attempting to make deliveries outside of these locations or this time frame will be subject to fines and possible towing of their vehicle, should they end up blocking or even partially blocking traffic,” the city release forewarned.
Delivery trucks typically will park on Eighth Street or the portions of Seventh Street that have remained open during the bridge construction. That will not be allowed during the bridge detour, as it would lead to excessive backups and delays along the detour route, according to city officials.
Mike Mercatoris, co-owner of Grind restaurant at the corner of Seventh and Grand, said the time and location restrictions shouldn’t affect most of his deliveries. Most already occur in the early morning, he said.
“They should be able to park and unload on Colorado and bring our stuff right in,” Mercatoris said. “They’re usually in and out of there before we even get in.”
He added that the food distribution companies with which his restaurants work, including Grind and Zheng Asian Bistro, have been working to better coordinate deliveries during the detour, when long morning and evening backups are anticipated on Midland Avenue and Eighth Street.
“They’ve all been working really hard to coordinate it all,” he said, noting that many of the trucks continue on through Glenwood to make deliveries farther up the Roaring Fork Valley.
The bigger concern for the local restaurants is the drop-off in customers as the bridge construction project has progressed over the summer.
“It’s not been our best summer, especially with the way the sidewalk has been configured in front of our place,” Mercatoris said the Grind location. “As soon as we were out of that traffic, our numbers just dropped off the cliff.”
On the plus side, business at the Zheng location in Glenwood Meadows has been up.
A plan to open the west section of Seventh Street to one-way westbound traffic during the detour, and allow street parking on one side should help, he said.
“We’re also excited to get people out on bikes and walking. It’s a good forced switch to the culture,” he said.
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