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Vehicle drives over fresh concrete lanes on Grand Ave.

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Just hours after crews finished pouring the new center lane of Grand Avenue on Monday, a vehicle plowed through the traffic cones and drove over the fresh concrete – and may have caused extensive damage to a section of the project.

According to Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson, it was evident that the vehicle was traveling south on Grand Avenue when it turned left at the Post Independent, ignoring traffic cones which blocked off the center lane, and went right across the fresh concrete into the secondary entrance to the newspaper.

Crews poured the center lane of concrete Monday as the third and final phase of the Grand Avenue Paving Project (GAPP) II got under way.

The incident occurred sometime before sunrise as crews showed up around 6 a.m. and found tire tracks across the fresh concrete.

The concrete had set enough that damage to the surface was not evident. However damage to the subsurface concrete could still have been done, according to project spokesman Tom Newland.

“They are trying to find out [Tuesday] how bad it is,” Newland said.

Newland said because the concrete wasn’t cured all the way it could cause the concrete to set up incorrectly. Newland said that crews would perform core samples in the area where the vehicle drove over the concrete to assess the extent of the damage.

“With heavy weight like a vehicle, it disintegrates the bond of the rocks and the concrete,” Newland said. “Over time that portion of the concrete could settle a little bit more than the rest.”

Newland said that he had met with project representatives from both Colorado Department of Transportation and the contractor Villalobos Construction Tuesday.

If the concrete is determined to be damaged, it will have to be replaced, Newland said. How much of the concrete would have to be replaced has yet to be determined and associated costs vary at this point. However, Newland said that at the pace the contractor has been working, he estimated any replacement of the median lane would take less than a day and a half.

Newland reminded motorists to obey the traffic cones in place and to not drive over the freshly poured concrete.

“It’s not a good idea to cross the median at this point,” Newland said.

Newland expected crews to finish pouring concrete in the middle lane all the way to Sayre Park on Tuesday. He said that would pretty much wrap up traffic lane work on the project. However, it would still take up to three full days for the concrete to properly cure.

Crews will continue with the “side work,” such as short sections of sidewalk or drainage inlets, that still need to be completed. The third phase of the project began Monday and is scheduled to take 20 work days, according to Newland. However, the contractor has been successful in completing both phase one and two ahead of schedule. Newland expects the project to be completed before the June 11 end date.

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