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Pooling transportation resources

Cathy TuttleSpecial to the Post Independent

Is the price of driving to work eating a hole in your monthly paycheck? Is it your responsibility to make sure that your children get to school on time? By sharing a ride with one or more people, you can save money on gas and wear and tear on your vehicle because passengers share these expenses with fellow carpool members or take turns reducing the amount of usage of vehicles.Carpoolers can choose to ride with others as few or as many times per week as desired, giving them the flexibility of driving their own car for pre-arranged meetings or appointments. Carpooling tipsGet the children and parents in the carpool together before the first school carpool pickup. Children are more comfortable if they know the person who will be driving them to school and it is a good time to work out scheduling needs.Punctuality is important! Please make certain that you allow enough time in the morning so children arrive on time for their classes. Drop-offs also need to be staggered to ease the impact on the neighborhood streets.Children should be informed of their assigned carpool drivers. It makes for a smoother afternoon carpool if children are ready to respond when it is time to leave.We recommend that you list the names and phone numbers of all drivers in your carpool on the back of a card.For assistance in setting up carpool programs, call Cathy Tuttle at 384-6427.Construction report for Glenwood SpringsA pedestrian/bicycle underpass is being constructed on Midland Avenue near the Community Center. Work will be ongoing for the next several weeks. Reconstruction of the sidewalks on North Park Drive from Grand Avenue to Roaring Fork Drive will continue. Monday through Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m., crews will be finishing the sidewalk replacement; otherwise this portion of the road is completed and open to traffic. Crews will also be constructing a path along Roaring Fork Drive; watch for equipment.Reconstruction of the street, sidewalks and water main on West 13th Street from the intersection of Midland Avenue to Walz Avenue has begun. The construction area will be open to local traffic only during the working hours of 7 p.m.-7 a.m. with occasional delays. The water main trenches will be filled or covered at the end of each workday. This project will take approximately 60 days to complete. Construction report for Highway 82Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. upvalley and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. downvalley, traffic will be reduced to one lane in one or both directions at various locations between south Glenwood Springs and Carbondale for scarification operations (heat treating the existing pavement). Only minor delays are expected.Cathy Tuttle is with the transportation team of Kaup/Tuttle, LLC, transportation consultants for the city of Glenwood Springs. Please call 384-6427 or e-mail to try@ci.glenwood-springs.co.us. This column will appear 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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