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Two roundabouts are on tap for west Glenwood

Fasten your seat belts, because just when you think the fun on Grand Avenue is over, it will start up again in west Glenwood.In conjunction with the proposed Glenwood Meadows shopping center, the Colorado Department of Transportation will supervise construction two new roundabouts on the north and south sides of Interstate 70 at Exit 114.Construction is set to begin in late April or early May, said Glenwood Springs city engineer Larry Thompson.Glenwood Meadows will pay for the construction as part of its annexation agreement with the city of Glenwood Springs to mitigate traffic impacts associated with the shopping center.”The (roundabout) project has been planned for a couple of years,” Thompson said. “The plans are completed and are out for bid.” CDOT will oversee bidding and construction management.Funding is through the Glenwood Meadows Metropolitan District, which was created around the shopping center property on Midland Avenue, Thompson said.The roundabouts will replace the entrances and exits to and from the interstate. To make room for them the city has purchased land north and south of the highway. The gravel parking area next to the Colorado River, which is part of the Gilstrap subdivision, is now in the city’s hands, said city attorney Karl Hanlon. So is a small corner of the gas station on the other side of Midland Avenue.On the north side of the interstate, the city purchased the Dollar Store on Highway 6 & 24 for $425,000, because the roundabout would block its access, Hanlon said. The roundabout would not affect the Shell station next door.The city also filed a condemnation proceeding on Feb. 24 for a small slice of property near the Tomahawk Truck Stop on Mel Ray Road and Highway 6 and 24, which the Zinko Family Partnership owns. The eminent domain action also names the West Glenwood Springs Sanitation District and Garfield County Treasurer Georgia Chamberlain as a formality. Hanlon explained that the county cannot collect taxes on the property while it is in condemnation proceedings. The sanitation district is named because it provides sewer service to the Zinko property.The strip of land runs for 1,063 feet along Mel Ray Road, according to court documents. He filed for condemnation as a fall-back position because negotiations with the family partnership were proceeding slowly.”I want (the city) to have possession of the property so we can move forward” with construction, Hanlon said. Negotiations with the Zinko family have been amicable, and Hanlon said he expects to reach a settlement with the family.A hearing on the case is set for April 7 in district court.”I hope we’ll have it resolved by then,” Hanlon said.Contact Donna Gray: 945-8515, ext. 510dgray@postindependent.com


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