RFSD to construct turn lane off Grand Avenue | PostIndependent.com

RFSD to construct turn lane off Grand Avenue

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. A new turn lane is expected to be constructed off Grand Avenue into the new Glenwood Springs High School parking lot by fall.The Roaring Fork School District Re-1 Board of Education approved construction of a turn lane in a special meeting Monday morning. The lane will be on the district’s property and should be finished by the time school starts, superintendent Judy Haptonstall said.The turn lane will 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 can be reached from the turn lane is meant for teachers and visitors. Main access to the school will still be on the west side through 14th Street.A traffic signal just south on Grand Avenue will be moved up 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 opposite the Rite-Aid business. The original signal was designed for access to the True Value hardware store that no longer exists.The sidewalk on the west side of Grand Avenue will also be pushed away from the street to accommodate the width of the turn lane. The sidewalk will curve slightly to the west starting on the north side of 15th Street and continue south to the shared Van Rand Center access road.The RFSD also has put in requests to move the bus stop that sits in front of the Van Rand Center. Since there is no turn lane, it can block traffic on Grand Avenue by the shared high school and Van Rand Center access road. The district said its preferred location would be at the midway point in the turn lane.However, Glenwood Springs owns the bus stop and has yet to make a decision about moving it. The city recently received the district’s plans for the turn lane and will be looking into where, if anywhere, the bus stop should be moved, city engineer Mike McDill said.It’s difficult to place a bus stop anywhere without conflicting with driveways and turns. But having a bus stop in a separate turn-out lane is also problematic, he added, because during certain times of the day buses can’t pull back into the road due to traffic.Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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