Traffic delays in Glenwood Springs expected through South Midland Avenue construction zone for rockfall mitigation |

Traffic delays in Glenwood Springs expected through South Midland Avenue construction zone for rockfall mitigation

Rock fall mitigation work will likely cause extended traffic delays through the South Midland Avenue Construction zone in Glenwood Springs.

Drivers can expect intermittent traffic holds that will last about 20 minutes each throughout Tuesday and Wednesday so construction crews can clear any loose rocks that could fall onto the roadway, said Bryana Starbuck, who is managing public relations for the project.

Starbuck provided a project update during Thursday night’s city council meeting.

“When you do rock scaling you take any loose rocks and bring them down so they don’t come down by themselves,” Starbuck said. “When we’re doing that work, we do have to hold both directions of traffic.”

Traffic holds are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

“”It may take some time for those rocks to clear. If we don’t need a full 20 minutes we won’t just hold the traffic,” Starbuck said.

Starbuck also said that the large crane that has previously been on site will return next week.

Weekend work will begin Feb. 27, and will involve intermittent lane closures from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Motorists should expect traffic delays and congestion during these periods of time.

Work on the South Midland project began in December of 2020 and will continue through summer 2022.

Mayor Jonathan Godes said flaggers routing drivers through the construction zone are doing a great job, adding that he hasn’t heard any complaints other than being informed of a pothole that formed along Midland in the construction zone.

Godes said that the pothole serves as a reminder of why the project is taking place to begin, which is meant to decrease the likelihood of potholes forming along with increasing the overall safety and stability of the roadway.

According to City Engineer Terri Partsch, the pothole was filled Thursday, Feb. 18.

For more information or updates on the South Midland project, call or text 970-618-5379 or sign up for text and email updates at

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