City prioritizes transportation needs
Special to the Post Independent
Colorado is undergoing a new “vision” in transportation planning. The 2030 state Transportation Plan will be finished in 2005 and Glenwood Springs is preparing a local 2030 Long Range Transportation Plan. It is an update to the 1999 plan and was presented to City Council last Thursday for approval.
The local Long Range Plan outlines the values, vision, goals, strategies, and projects that are important to Glenwood Springs’ transportation future.
This plan will be used as a guide in the state planning process where the priorities of Glenwood Springs will be considered in the Garfield County plan and in the Intermountain Regional Plan where the projects will be prioritized with other transportation projects critical to the region.
The basis for the plan is the vision statement which states: To create an integrated transportation system that moves people and goods, provides modal choices, preserves the quality of life, promotes economic vitality, and exemplifies the small-town environment that is Glenwood Springs.
Projects identified to be implemented over the next 27 years are consistent with this vision.
Projects are identified by what investment category they fall into – mobility, system quality, or safety – and are prioritized within each of these investment categories.
Mobility projects expand the existing transportation system to provide for movement of people and goods, system quality projects maintain the existing transportation system, and safety projects reduce fatalities, injuries, and property damage.
The mobility projects, in prioritized order are: relocation of Highway 82, the south bridge interchange with Highway 82, improvements to I-70 exit 114, TDM measures, a trail from Two Rivers Park to No Name tunnels, a trail from West Glenwood to South Canyon, a trail from Glenwood Springs to Carbondale, transit stations and park-and-rides, and a city traffic model.
The system quality projects, in prioritized order are: the south bridge; I-70 exit 116 improvements with Highway 82 and Highway 6; expanding Ride Glenwood Springs, including bus pullouts along Grand Avenue and bus shelters; and the Sunlight Bridge, which will need to be upgraded within the next 27 years.
The safety projects include pedestrian improvements along Grand Avenue, including overpasses, underpasses and replacement of the existing pedestrian bridge, and a pedestrian overpass over I-70 at Devereux Road.
The final draft of the Long Range Transportation Plan will be presented to City Council at the July 17 meeting for final approval.
For questions or comments regarding the Glenwood Springs Long Range Transportation Plan, call Melissa Laeser at 384-6437 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Monday and Tuesday, traffic control will be on Blake Avenue north of 19th Street while utility work is being completed in conjunction with Valley View Hospital’s construction.
Minimal construction activity is expected this week on the new roundabout at the intersection of Midland Avenue and Four Mile Road. Construction activity is expected to resume next week. The intersection will remain a three-way stop throughout the duration of the construction.
Replacement of the water line beneath 135 Road in West Glenwood Springs is nearing completion. The contractor will be paving this week. Each resident will be contacted regarding parking and access to your driveway. The road will be open to one-way traffic at all times and work will be completed this week, weather depending.
Walz Avenue water line and street construction will be taking place on the north end of Walz Avenue and west of 11th Street. The project will progress to the south from this intersection. The project will be completed in the middle of August.
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