The long and wavy road … |

The long and wavy road …

Construction of the Glenwood Meadows commercial development may hit some bumps in the road ” Wulfsohn Road, that is.

City officials may decide this week whether the road will require repair or even reconstruction because of its uneven surface.

City engineer Larry Thompson said the road is intended to have some ups and downs, for drainage purposes because of its location on Red Mountain, and to make the grading match up with the parking areas of the buildings in the development.

But there are smaller-scale waves in the road that may exceed the specifications the city will allow for the road, he said. That could mean the city will require further work on the road, possibly including tearing it up and repaving it.

“It appears from what I’ve seen so far that some of those specs haven’t been met in all areas,” Thompson said.

Thompson said he doubts any repairs would affect the development’s planned October opening. Glenwood Meadows will have more than 400,000 square feet of retail space. Target and Lowe’s will be its anchor stores.

Greg Moran, vice president of leasing for Glenwood Meadows developer Miller-Weingarten, said he wasn’t familiar with the possible road problem, and the company representative involved with the road construction was on vacation. A spokesperson for W.E. O’Neil Construction Co., the contractor on the project, referred calls to Miller-Weingarten.

Thompson said he believes the developer and contractor are interested in fixing the road if necessary.

“I think everyone wants to see a product that the public is satisfied with,” he said.

Thompson has heard some concerns from the public, and from some City Council members who have been contacted by the public.

Some people have questioned the fact that the asphalt road was built with no road base. But Thompson said it’s not unusual to build roads that way; the practice just isn’t common in Glenwood Springs.

Thompson said so-called full-depth asphalt roads have thicker layers of asphalt to make up for the lack of gravel bases. However, because asphalt costs more than gravel, it can be cheaper to use a road base.

He doesn’t think the lack of road base is connected to the waviness of the road.

“It’s a completely separate issue,” he said.

He said there is no indication that full-depth asphalt roads typically develop swells in them.

He also isn’t worried about the longevity of such roads. He said if there is a problem with Wulfsohn Road, he isn’t sure what caused it. One possibility is that bumps resulted where the paving machine was started and stopped, he said.

He said it’s possible that milling an inch or two off the road could serve as an adequate repair.

Thompson believes any possible problem is limited to the asphalt and not the concrete curbs.

Contact Dennis Webb: 945-8515, ext. 516

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