CDOT, city have road projects planned
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) invites you to attend an open house to inform the public about the upcoming Exit 116 Improvements Project. The open house will be held at Glenwood Springs City Council Chambers from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 13. CDOT representatives will be available to answer questions about the upcoming congestion relief project, which will begin after Labor Day. Safety improvements include widening the I-70 eastbound off-ramp and westbound on-ramp to two lanes, installing a dual right turn onto the Grand Avenue Bridge at Sixth and Pine Street, upgraded signalization and pavement markings. Work planned for the Grand Avenue Bridge includes the replacement of expansion joints, concrete deck repairs and resurfacing. Resurfacing and minor pavement reconstruction will also be performed along Highway 82 from the Exit 116 interchange to the Sixth and Pine Street intersection.Midland Avenue will be closed to Southbound traffic beginning 7 a.m. May 4 to 7 p.m. May 18 due to the construction of the traffic calming features. Midland Avenue will be restricted to one-way traffic northbound only from Eighth to 27th Street with a detour from West 13th to West 10th onto Riverview Drive. There will be no parking on the east side of Riverview Drive for the duration of the project. The speed limit for Riverview has been reduced to 15 mph and Midland to 20 mph. The Glenwood Springs Police Department will be enforcing the fines double rule in these construction zones. Willow Way, the south entrance to the trailer park, will be closed. In the event of an emergency in this area, emergency services will have access to all areas including the closed southbound lane from West Eighth Street to West 10th. Pedestrian traffic is going to be rerouted from Midland between West 13th and West 10th streets due to sidewalk demolition and reconstruction. Starting May 19 traffic on Midland will be restored to two way with some lane narrowing and speed reduction at West 13th Street and Midland Avenue until May 23. The city of Glenwood Springs and Gould Construction thank you for your patience with the construction process and look forward to completing this project as soon as possible, weather permitting. If you have any questions you may contact the Engineering Department at 384-6435 and ask for King Lloyd.Force main and access road construction for the citys new wastewater plant is continuing along Midland Avenue. Speed limits will be decreased while crews work adjacent to the road.Trail construction is occurring at Midland and Mount Sopris Drive; use caution while traveling in this area.Utility work is beginning at 27th and Midland Avenue; some slight delays may be expected in this area.The citys Electric Department will continue to upgrade its system on Donegan Road. This project will last for the rest of the summer, reducing Donegan Road to one-lane traffic through the construction area. Flaggers will be on site. The construction work hours will be from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday thru Friday. If you have any questions pertaining to this project, you may contact the citys Electric Department at 384-6352. Sabrina Harris is transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.
In case you havent heard, the color orange will be very popular this year. Dont be surprise to see orange everywhere you go during the spring and summer months. Orange signs, orange vests and orange cones can be found all over Colorados highways, byways, side streets and main throughways. This is mainly due to the increased funding from the 2009 stimulus package. The state of Colorado will receive over $500 million for transportation projects statewide with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) receiving approximately $330 million in federal highway funding; thus giving the state the ability to resurface roadways, replace poor bridges and improve safety all across the state. When you enter these zones, please use extra concentration, caution and common sense. As always, think safety first.Work zones can be dangerous for both construction workers and motorist during roadway construction, thats why the federal government is actively working to improve roadway safety and mobility. In an effort to make the construction zone a safer place, the Federal Highway Administration released the following tips for the motorist. Ten tips for work zone driving 1.Expect the unexpected 2.Slow down 3.Dont tailgate 4.Keep a safe distance between you and the car ahead of you 5.Pay attention to the signs 6.Obey road crew flaggers 7.Stay alert and minimize distractions 8.Keep up with traffic flow 9.Schedule enough time to drive safely and check radio, TV and Web sites for traffic information. 10.Be patient and stay calm These tips and other safety advice can be found at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/safetytips. Always remember to slow down when you see the color orange; you are entering a work zone. Let the construction crew do their job as they work to improve our roadways for a better tomorrow for everyone in the valley and across the state.
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