Re-1, Van Rand businesses discuss construction impacts
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Some businesses in the Van Rand Center off Grand Avenue have expressed concern about the impacts of construction at Glenwood Springs High School. But a recent impromptu meeting with Roaring Fork School District Re-1 officials seems to have addressed some of the issues.Some Van Rand businesses have worried about increased traffic and students skateboarding or loitering around the center with the ongoing changes at the school. However, one business owner says they are working with the RFSD to address the issues.”We’re trying to work as neighbors and run it as smoothly as possible,” according to Julie Nesbit, owner of Print Works. “We don’t want the kids swarming our center, and they have been more than usual” with the school’s main entrance now facing south in the direction of the center.Nesbit added, however, that foot and vehicle traffic seem to have calmed since school began as construction continues and school operations smooth out. Some Van Rand Center representatives were very impressed with the district’s willingness to call an impromptu meeting last week and how the school has handled the situation, she added.
“It is settling down due to the administration at the school,” Nesbit said.She said that some students are allowed to park in the Van Rand Center parking lot temporarily, but after that they shouldn’t be there unless they’re patronizing one of the businesses.There are still some variables: waiting to see how the turn lane and shared access play out, and the possible relocation of a city bus stop and a stop light.Nesbit said both the Van Rand Center and the district want to move the city bus stop away from the shared access point. It’s yet to be seen what will happen with that. Many students congregate at the bus stop before or after school, and moving the stoplight from where True Value used to be also hasn’t been decided, she added.
The new turn lane will allow motorists to pull off Grand Avenue just south of 15th Street. After 90 feet of taper, the lane will stretch about 87 feet to a right turn into what will become a shared access road for the high school and the Van Rand Center. The new high school parking lot that will be reached from the lane is meant for teachers and visitors, although a temporary parking plan is in place since the school’s student lot wasn’t completed by the start of school. Student and bus access will be through the west side of campus through 14th Street.Plans also call for a traffic signal just south on Grand Avenue to be moved north to the 15th Street and Grand Avenue intersection. A signal arm will hang over the southbound lane on the south side of the intersection and another will extend parallel to Grand Avenue on the west side of the street. The original signal was designed for access to the True Value hardware store that no longer exists.Superintendent Judy Haptonstall said previously that the Colorado Department of Transportation asked that construction be delayed until after Labor Day weekend so as not to conflict with the heightened Highway 82 traffic. The turn lane is expected to be completed in mid-October.Nesbit said some customers at the Van Rand Center have indicated that new landscaping at the high school will enhance the appearance of the center.
Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. email@example.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO
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