What’s the future for Midland? | PostIndependent.com

What’s the future for Midland?

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Glenwood Springs plans to hire a consultant to come up with a plan for Midland Avenue.The city has budgeted about $150,000 for the planning this year. There has been talk of removing the planters on the road, possibly replacing them with median strips and widening the road. Interviews to select a consultant are scheduled for July 12. But the actual work wouldn’t start until 2008 and might not be finished until 2009.”What we have in our budget right now is to hire a consultant to develop a plan for Midland Avenue. That would result in some improvements that would replace those planters,” city engineer Mike McDill said. Just to pull them out of there without a solid plan in place would be counterproductive, he added.Due to large numbers of city projects, McDill said, work on Midland would likely stretch into 2009.”It’s hard to imagine we’re going to come up with money to reconstruct Midland from end to end in one year,” he said. “Unless the budget situation changes, it would probably take more than one year to replace it.”Planters were installed in spots in the road along Midland Avenue in 2005 to slow traffic. They drew criticism from people concerned about safety and aesthetics. Two vehicles struck planters within weeks of their installation, although motorists appeared to adjust to them after that.The planters were created in response to residents along Midland Avenue concerned about traffic to the Meadows Mall, city manager Jeff Hecksel said.”It’s basically a speed issue,” he said. “If everyone would go 25 miles per hour, we wouldn’t have an issue, but they don’t. It’s difficult for the residents that live along there when people are going 35 to 40 miles per hour.”The city heard from people about their opinions. Gathering public input will be part of the consultant’s job, Hecksel said.”There was a lot of public response to the placement of the planters initially,” he said. “Some was negative, some was positive as well.”The matter should soon come up in a public meeting.”I know the council has requested that an item be placed on the agenda to discuss where the city is headed with Midland Avenue and traffic calming,” Hecksel said, adding that the matter might be discussed in the second July city council meeting.He said the planters won’t necessarily be removed, but they would at least have to be repaired as part of whatever plan is created for Midland.”We’ve got to do something. Doing nothing is not going to be an option in terms of the condition of some of those planters,” Hecksel said.Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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