Sayre Park to get crosswalk |

Sayre Park to get crosswalk

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” It soon will be easier to cross Grand Avenue to get to and from Sayre Park.

A signalized crosswalk ” possibly in between the Hyland Park and North Hyland Park intersections with Grand Avenue ” could be one of the features offered as part of the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Grand Avenue Paving Project, CDOT told Glenwood Springs City Council Thursday afternoon.

CDOT also proposed adding the fancy crosswalks and “bulb-outs” to many of the other intersections along Grand Avenue. Bulb-outs are circular enlarged portions of sidewalks built at intersections where the crosswalk meets the sidewalk.

And unlike CDOT’s previous stance, requiring the city to pay for these crosswalks, CDOT Region 3 director Ed Fink said Thursday that his agency will foot the bill.

The crosswalk at Sayre Park may or may not be built as part of GAPP. If it is, the crosswalk will be the patterned, colored variety.

CDOT will pave as much of Grand Avenue as the $4.2 million budget will allow. If the project doesn’t make it as far south as Sayre Park, the crosswalk project would be done separately with paint rather than colored concrete.

Either way, Fink said CDOT will provide a traffic light to aid people in crossing the busy highway.

“We’ve evaluated that and determined that it’s a safety item,” Fink said.

$5,000 worth of bus passes handed out

Fink also confirmed some aspects of the project that he wasn’t sure about in previous meetings:

– Night construction will be allowed, as long as CDOT can disengage its work vehicle backup alarms.

– The two construction windows are Sept. 7 to Dec. 3, 2004, for all work south of the 10th Street intersection and Feb. 1 to May 26, 2005, for the downtown segment of the project.

– CDOT will provide hotel vouchers for residents who need to be relocated during the project.

– A public information officer will be available for anyone with questions on the project.

– At least $5,000 worth of Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus passes will be purchased for area businesses to give away.

DDA calls for medians and landscaping

Dean Gordon, who spoke as a representative of the Downtown Development Authority board, said he was concerned that instead of improving the feel of downtown, GAPP will make the area a worse place to be.

“If we don’t do something, we might end up with something that’s worse than what we started from,” he said.

To that end, he offered a plan where medians could be built and landscaping could be added as a way to slow traffic and make the street more pleasing to the eye.

But CDOT resident engineer Karen Rowe said with less than a month left until bids are sought, it’s too late in the design process to change.

“There’s no time right now to add it to the design plans,” she said. “It would have to be an add-on.”

Another concern expressed by City Councilwoman Chris McGovern and by Grand Avenue resident Cheryl Cain is the possibility of the construction slowdowns causing road rage among weary drivers.

“Hopefully it won’t get so bad that weapons are pulled out. I hope it doesn’t get that bad,” Cain said. “It just feels like it’s going to be really awful.”

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

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