Stop, look and listen . |

Stop, look and listen .

School time is the perfect opportunity to teach your child how to take advantage of alternative transportation. It is also a time that serious hazards can occur whether in a car or on the street. As a parent we depend on you, as role models, to set a good example and to help teach children about traffic safety.

Start by encouraging your kids to walk, take the bus or ride their bikes to school. The more people use alternative transportation, the less congestion there is around our schools. And it’s an excellent way to teach children about the personal and environmental advantages of leaving cars at home.

Look at a map of the area around your school, and let your child help plan and mark the route.The safest routes are paths, sidewalks or streets that have wide shoulders, pedestrian facilities like walk signals and crosswalks, and crossing guards.Teach your children to always cross the streets at the intersection. They need to scan to the left, right, behind and left again before stepping off the curb. Where pedestrian traffic signals exist, show your child how they work and how to use them safely.

Make sure your child always wears a helmet when bike-riding, and set a good example by wearing one yourself. Ride on roads with less traffic. Or better yet, use bike paths or sidewalks.Always ride with traffic on the right side of the road. Teach your child to use hand signals to indicate turns. Remember that pedestrians have the right of way on paths, sidewalks and crosswalks.

Talk to other parents about carpooling. Let your children out on the sidewalk a few blocks away, preferably on the same side of the street as their school. Never stop across the street from the school or allow your children to cross the street in the middle of the block. Insist that your children use crosswalks and obey traffic signals.This information is brought to you through the city of Glenwood Springs and the Go Boulder/City of Boulders Transportation programs.

A pedestrian/bicycle underpass is being constructed on Midland Avenue near the Community Center. Work will be ongoing for the next several weeks. Pavement rotomilling operations, tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 22, will restrict traffic to one lane between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Watch for flaggers directing traffic, or use another route if possible to avoid congestion in this area.The 800 block of Pitkin Avenue will be closed to through traffic on Tuesday, Aug. 20, for city crews to perform waterline maintenance. Reconstruction of the sidewalks on North Park Drive from Grand Avenue to Roaring Fork Drive will continue. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., crews will be finishing the sidewalk replacement; otherwise this portion of the road is completed and open to traffic. Crews will also be constructing a path along Roaring Fork Drive – watch for equipment.Reconstruction of the street, sidewalks, and water main on West 13th Street from the intersection of Midland Avenue to Walz Avenue has begun. The construction area will be open to local traffic only during the working hours of 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., with occasional delays. The water main trenches will be filled or covered at the end of each workday. This project will take approximately 60 days to complete. Today, there will be an excavation in the middle of Midland Avenue at this intersection, narrowing traffic to one lane from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.There will be a crack-filling maintenance operation at the Glenwood Springs Airport starting Aug. 22. This work will only affect the taxiways. The airport will remain open during this work. Pilots should watch for areas that are coned off while the material dries.

Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. upvalley and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. downvalley, traffic will be reduced to one lane in one or both directions at various locations between south Glenwood Springs and Carbondale for scarification operations (heat treating the existing pavement). Only minor delays are expected.Cathy Tuttle is with the transportation team of Kaup/Tuttle LLC, transportation consultants for the city of Glenwood Springs. Please call 382-6427 or e-mail to us. This column will appear every Monday to explain how each person in our community can make a difference in our quality of life.Transportation Responsibility & You – one day at a time, one trip at a time!

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