Silt welcomes roundabouts | PostIndependent.com

Silt welcomes roundabouts

Heidi Rice
hrice@postindependent.com
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

SILT, Colorado ” After four months of construction, the town will hold a ribbon-cutting and grand opening celebration for the completion of its first roundabout at Ninth and Main Street.

The town now joins Glenwood Springs, New Castle and Rifle in the world of roundabouts. Rifle completed two roundabouts in October.

“The project went really well, and we’re happy with the outcome,” said Silt Town Administrator Betsy Suerth. “We like the way it looks and how it circulates traffic.”

Silt’s roundabout is one lane, versus the two-lane roundabouts in Rifle and Glenwood Springs, which makes it less confusing to drivers, Suerth said.

“But we’ve had no incidents,” she said. “We’ve had some public reaction and some people trying to get used to the change.”

The purpose of the roundabout is to improve safety and traffic capacity at the intersection.

Martinez Western Constructors of Rifle were the contractors on the project, which was bid at $1.78 million. The total cost of the project was $2.7 million with design and engineering costs included, Suerth said. Of that, the town contributed $1.3 million, the Department of Local Affairs $925,000 and the Colorado Department of Transportation kicked in $500,000.

“The town of Silt is proud to successfully complete a significant transportation improvement in unison with the state,” Suerth said. “We look toward future partnerships with the state to improve our downtown area.”

Tim Laudick, project manager for Martinez Western said the roundabout construction went very well, with hardly any changes made.

“It wasn’t near the magnitude of Rifle, but roundabouts are the direction everybody is starting to go,” Laudick said. “The people of Silt were very kind and considerate for the whole four months. I only received four phone calls ” a couple from people wanting information and couple of complaints.”

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will include officials from the town of Silt, CDOT, Martinez Western Constructors and DOLA.


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