Silt considers adding a roundabout |

Silt considers adding a roundabout

Heidi RiceWestern Garfield County Staff

SILT – Like Glenwood Springs and Rifle, the town of Silt is also considering building a roundabout to help move traffic more easily through the growing town.Town board members are currently trying to decide between a stoplight or a roundabout at the Ninth and Main Street intersection and will discuss the two possibilities at the next board meeting, on Aug. 8.”The Colorado Department of Transportation has several triggers that require you to do things,” said town administrator Rick Aluise. “Once you have a (traffic) increase of 20 percent, CDOT requires you to do improvements. When that 20 percent trigger kicks in, you have to build to a 20-year plan. We’ve reached that point, and now we have to do something.”Right now, it seems a roundabout would meet that plan better, Aluise said.It would take about a year to acquire the property necessary to construct additional turn lanes on the streets if a stoplight is installed. A roundabout would take smaller portions of property.”Costwise, a roundabout would probably be cheaper,” Aluise said.Glenwood Springs has nearly completed a roundabout at the Interstate 70 interchange in west Glenwood. The city of Rifle is planning for three roundabouts at the east- and westbound ramps of I-70 and at the intersection of Airport Road and Taugenbaugh Boulevard.The first of two public hearings seeking input on the subject will be Aug. 8 at Silt Town Hall.Contact Heidi Rice: 625-3245, ext.

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