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Waterline project slated for fall

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – It could be a slower drive through the city this fall.

City officials recently decided to install a new main line for the city’s water system from 7th to 10th Street on Grand Avenue.

The project is slated to start Sept. 2 – the day after the Labor Day holiday – and is expected to last 10 to 14 weeks, likely ending around Thanksgiving.



“We’ve replaced water lines almost everywhere on Grand Avenue except along 7th to 10th,” city engineer Larry Thompson said.

Thompson explained the project to a small group of business and property owners during a meeting at City Hall Monday, set up to gather input from people who will be directly affected.



When the water line replacement project was first conceived, Thompson and public works director Robin Millyard planned to do the project while Grand Avenue will be torn up for the Grand Avenue Paving Project, or GAPP, in 2004.

Since then, however, Colorado Department of Transportation officials told the city that doing both projects at once would be too much.

“After consideration, it won’t be possible to replace the water line and the street at the same time,” Thompson said. “So we determined that doing it this fall would be the best thing.”

Traffic will be affected during the project, but Thompson said the city plans to limit delays as much as possible by taking a cue from the Snowmass Canyon system.

“We’ll generally be working one side at a time and maintaining traffic flow on Grand Avenue as best we can,” Thompson said.

Thompson said the plan is to have two lanes open in the most heavily used direction – upvalley in the morning, downvalley in the evening – and one in the opposite direction.

“We’re still contemplating the possibility of having some night construction,” he said. “But there could be occasions when it’s not possible to maintain those three lanes of traffic.”

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

gmasse@postindependent.com


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