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Forum to seek ways to get employees out of their cars

Cathy TuttleSpecial to the Post Independent

The Glenwood Springs TRY Alternative Transportation Program will be hosting a free lunch and seminar from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, at the Glenwood Springs Community Center.The roundtable discussion will focus on perks and incentive ideas, tax-saving programs, case studies and issues in companies that use alternative transportation options such as vanpooling, carpooling, transit, bicycling and walking.Two guest presenters will be available during this brainstorming session.Seth Rubin has been the executive director of Transportation Solutions for the Denver area since January 2000. Prior to that, he was a planner at the Colorado Department of Transportation.Lynn Bader has been in the transportation industry for six years, working with over 100 Seattle employers to develop transportation demand management programs for workers as part of a statewide trip reduction law. Presently she is with the city of Aspen, managing transit, carpooling, employer services and marketing.Reserve your space by calling 928-6027.Construction report for Glenwood SpringsLaurel Street will initially be closed between 5th Street and the alley to the south for replacement of a sewer line.Eighth Street west of Pitkin Avenue will remain closed for reconstruction, as will School Street for 200 feet south of Eighth Street. Temporary parking is available on the north side of Seventh Street west of the railroad tracks (the old City shop site) and along the railroad tracks west of the new Detention Center (access is from Seventh Street on the north side of the Detention Center). Access to the back side of Glenwood Springs Elementary School and the Vogelaar Park ballfield is also available from Seventh Street through the area along the railroad tracks.Work continues on replacement of the water main in Highway 6 in West Glenwood between Traver Trail and 135 Road. Construction will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Short delays may be expected as flaggers alternately route one-way traffic through the construction area. A detour will be in place for westbound Donegan Road traffic at the Donegan & Highway 6 intersection.Work continues on replacing the water main in North Park Drive between Grand Avenue and Polo Road. Access to local traffic will generally remain available during the construction. Through traffic is encouraged to use other routes.Construction report for Highway 82Work will be suspended on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27.Tuesday through Friday, from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., downvalley traffic will detour from Highway 82 at Gerbaz Way and use Lower River Road for 5.5 miles, returning to State Highway 82 at Snowmass Creek Road. The maximum speed varies from 20 to 30 mph.Vehicles longer than 71 feet, wider than 8.5 feet and taller than 14.5 feet are required to wait at the Colorado Department of Transportation checkpoint until 3 p.m., when normal traffic pattern resumes. Upvalley traffic will use one lane of Highway 82. On Saturdays, traffic stops up to 10 minutes are possible in the upvalley or downvalley lane. More information is available at http://www.sh82.com.Cathy Tuttle is with the transportation team of Kaup/Tuttle, LLC, transportation consultants for the city of Glenwood Springs. For information call 928-6027. 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. Transportation Responsibility & You – one day at a time, one trip at a time!


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