City looks at Midland Ave. traffic-calming measures
Special to the Post Independent
The city will be installing the first traffic-calming measures under its newly adopted traffic-calming policy on Midland Avenue. Sometime next week, median planters will be installed at five locations on Midland Avenue between 10th Street and 27th Street. These traffic-calming features will provide visual encouragement to drivers to comply with the 25 mph speed limit on this section of Midland Avenue, which traverses a residential neighborhood. This traffic-calming project was developed with significant input and strong support from the residents who live in this neighborhood.
City Council adopted the traffic-calming policy to provide guidance and procedures for considering requests from citizens to address neighborhood traffic problems. The policy was developed by an adhoc committee of citizens, appointed by City Council, who volunteered their time and efforts to develop the policy that the council recently adopted. A Traffic-calming Program Review Committee has been established to consider traffic-calming requests and implement measures that are appropriate for the problem.
The policy will involve three steps, progressing from simple solutions, such as better signs or increased enforcement that might solve the problem, to more involved solutions that might involve physical modifications to a roadway to achieve the desired results. A key component of the second and third steps of the program will be neighborhood involvement and buy-in to the solutions that are adopted.
The newly-adopted traffic-calming policy, including examples of many different types of traffic-calming measures and information on ways for the community to participate in the program, will be posted soon on the city’s Web site.
Midland Avenue will remain closed at Eighth Street, and Eighth Street will be closed at the Roaring Fork River bridge, for the rest of September. Construction crews will be completing utility and grading work, curbs, sidewalks, crosswalks, pavement and a new traffic signal during September, for an anticipated reopening of the intersection by the first of October.
The Exit 114 improvements project is approximately 70 percent complete with traffic able to use most of the new roundabouts. Construction activities that remain include completing the median islands, asphalt paving of the roadways entering and exiting the roundabouts, permanent signing and striping, sidewalks, lighting and landscaping of the roundabouts.
For the duration of the project, which is anticipated to be completed by November, traffic may be reduced to a single, 12-foot-wide lane in either direction through the work zones. Hours of work will be daylight hours with occasional night work, Monday through Friday and some weekends, weather permitting. The speed limit through the construction zones will be reduced to 25 mph. Businesses adjacent to the project will remain open during construction and access to the businesses will be maintained.
Sabrina Harris is the transportation manager for Glenwood Springs. For updates on these construction projects and maps of the construction areas, visit the city Web site at http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us and click on the “Construction Alerts” link.
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