Silt roundabout construction begins Monday |

Silt roundabout construction begins Monday

Heidi Rice
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

SILT, Colorado ” Construction on Silt’s new roundabout at Ninth Street and Main will begin on Monday and motorists should be prepared for a few delays.

The same local company, Martinez Western Constructors, which is currently constructing two roundabouts in Rifle, has been awarded the project in Silt.

“Like Rifle, there will be traffic control and it will be restricted to two lanes in every direction at the start of the project,” said Tim Laudick, project manager for Martinez Western. “During the peak volumes at noon and the end of the (work) day, we’ll have flaggers at the intersections to get people through town.”

Town administrator Betsy Suerth said every effort is being made to minimize the impacts of the construction, but that people will have to be patient.

“We’re working very closely with everyone,” Suerth said. “We’re pleading for patience, but there will be delays.”

The town opted to build a roundabout instead of a traffic light due to increased traffic, some of which is due to the oil and gas industry.

“Like any community building their first roundabout, there are varied opinions about it,” Suerth said. “Some people like them and some don’t, but they both have their pros and cons.”

The project is slated to be complete by Oct. 15.

In Rifle, construction of the roundabouts at the Airport Road and Interstate 70 sites will cease today around noon, although flaggers will continue to direct traffic until 2 p.m. before the long Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Gary Osier, the city’s public relations roundabout coordinator, said things are moving smoothly.

“The only thing we’ve noticed is that people turning right off Airport Road onto Highway 13 need to pay attention to the light,” Osier said. “Our biggest complaint right now is from people coming from south Seventh Street and Taughenbaugh. People need to be nice to the people heading east off south Seventh.”

Construction is still on schedule, with an estimated completion date by the end of September, according to Laudick.

Questions or comments about construction on the Rifle roundabouts should be made to the contractor’s information line at 625-3401 or to the city’s hotline at 319-3641.

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