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Roundabout slowed by school zone

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The Roaring Fork Re-1 School Board demanded Thursday that the city’s contractor, KECI Colorado of Sedalia, stop roundabout construction on school property immediately.

The stoppage could continue until the school board’s next scheduled meeting on June 25, superintendent Fred Wall said Monday.

The board requested the city halt work on its roundabout, which will be replace the existing three-way intersection at Midland, Four Mile and Airport roads, until an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) is drawn up and signed by both the school board and city officials.



The roundabout encroaches on Sopris Elementary School property.

Wall said the stoppage was requested by the board because of liability concerns and because the district wants an independent verification that the drainage system designed for the roundabout is adequate.



“We don’t have an agreement with them yet,” Wall said. “A year ago we had discussions and said we needed an IGA to cover liability issues.”

But such an agreement was not penned until Glenwood Springs city attorney Karl Hanlon sent a proposed IGA to the school district office Monday.

Wall said if a roundabout construction worker gets hurt on school property and there’s no IGA in place, the school district could be held liable.

Although Wall said he doesn’t think the issues behind the stoppage are major, he warned it could be difficult to convene an emergency school board meeting before June 25 because some school board members are on vacation.

“I don’t believe it’s going to be a long, lengthy thing,” Wall said. “We just got our wires crossed.”

City engineer Larry Thompson said the stoppage on school property shouldn’t delay the project substantially, but it will take some shuffling to keep close to the original schedule.

“It depends on how long it takes to get the formal agreement,” he said. “It could potentially affect it by a few days.”

Thompson said city crews were planning to start the project by doing curb and gutter construction on school property, but because of the stoppage, they’ll temporarily do some needed utility work.

“There’s some utility work to be done in the existing right-of-way, so they’re focused on that,” Thompson said.

Contact Greg Masse:

945-8515, ext. 511

gmasse@postindependent.com


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