Van pool permits available for detour period |

Van pool permits available for detour period

The Glenwood Springs Police Department is accepting applications from businesses for a permit that allows employee van pools to access dedicated lanes during the Grand Avenue Bridge detour that will begin on Aug. 14 and last 95 days.

Restricted lanes will include the right lane of northbound Grand from 23rd to Eighth streets and Wulfsohn Road on the back side of Glenwood Meadows headed both directions. These lanes will be open only to emergency vehicles, buses and permitted van pools.

The special permits will enable employees using alternative transportation to commute to and from work sites more quickly than personal vehicles using the standard detour route, according to a city news release.

The permits will be valid from August through November. Permit guidelines are as follows:

• Permits will be issued only to businesses.

• Permits will be issued only on vehicles transporting six or more employees.

• Vehicles must be presented at the Glenwood Springs Police Department for a safety check and registration and insurance viewing.

• Permitted vehicles will be allowed access to Wulfsohn Road (Glenwood Meadows above Target) and Grand Avenue 23rd Street to Eighth Street, which will be dedicated high-occupancy/emergency traffic lanes.

• The designated lanes will be monitored and enforced. Permitted vans seen repeatedly traveling in these lanes without at least six people will be contacted and asked to justify their travel.

• Permitees not using their route access appropriately may have their permits revoked.

• Permits will not be issued for carpools/neighborhood sharing, or parent school rides for students.

• Permitted vehicles using high-occupancy lanes must follow all normal traffic regulations (stop lights, crosswalks, speed limits, etc.)

• Permitted vehicles will be allowed to “travel empty” in designated lanes only for the purpose of reaching a pick-up point or transfer point to load employees.

• Vehicles must display a mirror-hanger in the front windshield of the vehicle and a sticker in the rear window at all times.

• Permits are assigned to specific vehicles and are not transferable to other vehicles.

“The city of Glenwood Springs, Colorado Department of Transportation, and the large partnership of stakeholders in the Grand Avenue Bridge Project, are committed to traffic mitigation measures as one of the best ways to maintain a high quality of life during the project,” the city states in its release. “Each vehicle that is reduced from our roads, particularly during peak hours, is helpful in keeping necessary traffic moving safely.”

Anyone interested in obtaining a van permit should visit the Glenwood Springs Police Department, located on the bottom floor of City Hall, 101 W. Eighth St. For additional information, call 970-384-6500.

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