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Countywide transportation vision created

On the July 16-17, transportation officials in Garfield County came together to create a long-range plan for county-wide transportation needs. Officials and staff from Parachute, Rifle, Silt, New Castle, Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and unincorporated Garfield County joined together in a new transportation planning process. This has not been done before and it was a big success!Four transportation corridors were identified and a vision for each was constructed. The corridors are defined as follows:1. Roaring Fork-Colorado River Corridor: This includes Highway 82 from the Eagle County line to Glenwood Springs, Highway 133 from Highway 82 through Carbondale, and Interstate 70/Highway 6 from Glenwood Springs to the Mesa County line.2. Highway 13 Corridor: From Rifle to the Rio Blanco County line.3. I-70 East Corridor: From Glenwood Springs to the Eagle County line.4. Highway 133 Corridor: From Carbondale to the Pitkin County line.Each of these corridors has different travel patterns and project needs, and provides gateways to different destinations. The workshop group developed vision statements that focus on the different corridors.The Roaring Fork-Colorado River corridor focuses on moving tourists, residents and commuters. The Highway 13 corridor focuses on the safety and interaction between wildlife and vehicular traffic. The I-70 corridor focuses on preserving the environment and outdoor recreational benefits. The Highway 133 corridor focuses on preserving the connection to the West-Elk Scenic Byway. Each community brought transportation projects that were needed throughout the corridors. Over the two-day workshop, the projects throughout Garfield County were prioritized in each of the corridors. The following projects were found to be of the highest priority in the Roaring Fork-Colorado River corridor: upgrading the I-70 interchange in Parachute, upgrading the I-70 interchange in Silt, upgrading Highway 133 from Highway 82 through Carbondale, a city traffic model and E.I.S. study in Glenwood Springs for the relocation of Highway 82, and traffic demand management programs throughout Glenwood Springs. These corridors, visions, projects and other projects will be submitted to the Intermountain Transportation Planning Region to be prioritized with projects from Eagle, Summit, Lake and Pitkin counties starting later this year.This was a very successful first step in identifying transportation needs within the county and collaborating to address the projects that will build a better countywide transportation system.Special thanks to all who participated in the two-day workshops and to Joe Kracum, consultant to Garfield County, who assisted us in coming together and creating a county vision.City of Glenwood Springs Transportation UpdateConstruction activity is expected to resume this week at the intersection of Midland Avenue and Four Mile Road. Contractors will be restoring pavement and shoulders. Minor delays may be expected. The intersection will remain a three-way stop until construction is complete.Curb and gutter and sidewalk will be installed on the intersection of 19th and Blake Avenue in conjunction with the St. Stephen’s Church construction. This will also include patching of South Hyland Park Drive adjacent to the new curb. Traffic will not be detoured but there will be no roadside parking within the area of construction until the project is completed.Water line and street reconstruction has begun on the north end of Walz Avenue and is progressing to the south. Thru traffic is closed to all but local traffic in the construction area. Periodic water outages will be announced with door hangers in advance. The project will be completed by the end of August.The Grand Avenue Pedestrian Bridge will be undergoing a surface repair and refinish of the deck. The project will take approximately one week to complete. The bridge will remain open at all times, but at half of its normal width. With the decrease in width we are requesting the public that might be traveling with bikes to walk rather than ride past the work area.Transportation Responsibility & You – one day at a time, one trip at a time.For additional information please call 384-6437 or e-mail to try@ci.glenwood-springs.co.us. This column appears every Monday to explain how each person in our community can make a difference in our quality of life.


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