Truck lodges itself in concrete from GAPP
A truck attempting to drive across the Grand Avenue Paving Project on Saturday afternoon got stuck in the mud, or more accurately, stuck in a thick layer of wet concrete.The maneuver, which occurred near the Jimmy’s 66 gas station at Grand and 13th, involved the driver negotiating through a maze of orange traffic cones, and clearing a foot-wide gap in the street.By 4:45 p.m. Saturday, flaggers were signaling looky-loo through the area as GAPP workers stood around the light-colored truck lodged smack in the middle of Grand Avenue.
Glenwood Springs police responded to the stuck truck, but officers couldn’t give the name of the driver or comment on the mishap when contacted Sunday. Glenwood Springs police Lt. Bill Kimminau should have details of the goo-filled detour today. After the truck was extracted, a wooden sign spray-painted in orange paint marked the spot where the vehicle landed, the truck’s tire tracks still visible in the now-set-up concrete. “Do you think your (sic) dumb? Here’s your sign,” the sign read. Flagger Bill Langley, who was working on the GAPP project Sunday, said it’ll probably take a day to fix the concrete. Miguel Gonzalez, also working in the middle of Grand on Sunday, said the concrete will have to be broken up and hauled out, and fresh concrete laid in its place.
“It’s going to be pretty expensive,” Langley said. The stuck truck near 13th and Grand wasn’t the only vehicle-versus-wet concrete altercation during the weekend. Langley said two other vehicles also made quite an impression Saturday. He said a second vehicle drove into the fresh concrete on Grand, and a third vehicle’s tracks appeared in the concrete Saturday night. That vehicle swerved into the wet muck but was able to drive out of the goo. “I’m your friendly neighborhood flagger,” Langley said, “but everybody feels like they’re in danger out here.”
Motorists are cautioned to slow down through the GAPP project area and to be extra careful while in construction zones. And another thing: Don’t drive into wet concrete, and if you do, get ready to hear “Here’s your sign!” everywhere you go. Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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