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Meadows roundabout idea hits a dead end

Dennis Webb

The idea of creating roundabout intersections for the Midland Avenue entrances to Glenwood Meadows appears headed for the round file.City Manager Jeff Hecksel told Glenwood Springs City Council changing the design of the intersections at the commercial development at such a late stage would cause considerable cost and delay.Council members had asked city staff to look into roundabouts as a possibility for the intersections. They also had been considered during the initial design of the entrances, but were dismissed then as well. Instead, a traffic light will be used at the westernmost of the two accesses to Glenwood Meadows.Going with roundabouts now would present several problems, the biggest of which is trying to acquire right of way from the Union Pacific Railroad. City public works director Robin Millyard wrote in a memo to Hecksel that roundabouts would encroach about 45-50 feet into the railroad right of way, and they also would impact drainage systems on the railroad property.Roundabouts also would require changes to drainage features at Glenwood Meadows. Grading for four detention ponds already has been done, and roundabouts could force ponds to be moved, which would affect building locations.”As the site work at Target has commenced, I am not sure there is an opportunity to redesign their site,” Millyard wrote.Millyard also expressed concern that roundabouts would slow speeds on Midland, which the city hopes to maintain as a thoroughfare even after the opening of Glenwood Meadows.The speed limit on Midland is 45 mph. Traffic would need to slow to below 20 mph at the roundabouts, Millyard wrote.”Certainly, the traffic signal at West Meadows will stop drivers at intervals, but the overall travel speed along Midland Avenue will remain higher with a traffic signal than roundabouts.”City Council members don’t plan to push the issue of roundabouts at the two intersections. But council member Larry Beckwith said that as development continues along Midland, the city should pursue the options of roundabouts as a way of keeping the road from turning into another Grand Avenue. Council member Dan Richardson also said he would like to see the city continue to explore the use of roundabouts.The city already plans to use roundabouts on Midland at West Glenwood, in the area of the Interstate 70 interchange.The city also looked at a roundabout at Eighth and Midland but chose to go with a traffic signal, partly because it is cheaper.Contact Dennis Webb: 945-8515, ext. 516dwebb@postindependent.com


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