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If you travel Grand Avenue (and who doesn’t?) don’t miss this

Cathy TuttleSpecial to the Post Independent

Grand Avenue commuters, businesses and area residents are encouraged to attend the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Grand Avenue paving projects public meetings on either Wednesday, Feb. 5, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. or Thursday, Feb. 6, from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Both meetings will be hosted at the Glenwood Springs City Hall, 101 W. 8th St. in Glenwood Springs Council Chambers.”We are trying to attract commuters as well as Glenwood residents and business owners and this is important for surrounding communities too,” commented Karen Rowe, CDOT’s resident engineer. “CDOT is in the early design phase and would like the public’s input in the process before final design and construction decisions are made. Anyone who walks, drives, lives, or works between 8th Street and 23rd Street on State Highway 82 (Grand Avenue) should attend.”Depending on selected construction measures, this concrete paving project could take from six months to over a year to complete. The construction is being proposed to occur in three stages: 8th to 11th Street, 11th Street to Hyland Park Drive, and Hyland Park Drive to 23rd Street. Also being discussed is the city’s need to replace a water line from 7th Street to 10th Street on Grand Avenue (State Highway 82) either fall 2003 or with next year’s SH 82 paving project.In a pro-active measure, the Transportation/Tourism Task Force was created by the city of Glenwood and the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association to outline transit opportunities that the Grand Avenue project creates. The Task Force is comprised of approximately 20 individuals from all aspects of Glenwood’s public and private sectors. From the original committee, three subcommittees have been formed: a) a subcommittee to identify alternatives that improve Ride Glenwood frequency, routing, pricing and convenience, b) a Downtown Development Authority subcommittee to identify potential benefits, costs and issues associated with crosswalk stamping, bus pullouts, bike ramp and transit center improvements, and c) a funding alternatives subcommittee that will review revenues and expenses of all suggestions and identify potential funding sources.All three subcommittees are scheduled to convene with the Transportation/Tourism Task Force on Feb. 4 to present their recommendations to the group. A display will be available at the Feb. 5 and 6 open house to encourage open discussions with interested parties.For questions regarding the Grand Avenue paving project public meeting please call Bart Necessary or Amy Oleson at 945-8187. For questions regarding the Transportation/Tourism Task Force please call Marianne Virgili, GSCRA, at 945-6589, or Cathy Tuttle, TRY/TDM, at 384-6427.Construction reportsfor Glenwood SpringsDue to the construction of a new building at 701 Grand Ave., 7th Street will be closed Feb. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4:25 p.m. A flagman and cones will be present to assist in any motorist confusion.The Glenwood Springs Electric Department will be pulling wire at the County Road 117 intersection with County Road 116 and up Four-mile Road to Red Feather Ranch.Transportation Responsibility & You, One Day at a time!Cathy Tuttle is with the consulting firm of Tuttle Marketing and is the RFTA/city of Glenwood Transportation Marketing Alliance manager/consultant. For additional information please call 384-6427 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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