Sharing the road: Know your responsibilities |

Sharing the road: Know your responsibilities

Shelley KaupSpecial to the Post Independent

Glenwood Springs is a community where many types of transportation share the road. Motorists share the roadway with buses, bicycles and pedestrians.Knowing your responsibilities in the roadway as a motorist or as a pedestrian is important to safety. Motorist responsibility:Yield to pedestriansMotorists must yield to pedestrians in the roadway at all times. By state law, the driver of a vehicle is required to yield or stop for pedestrians crossing the roadway within a crosswalk. This applies whether the crosswalk is marked or unmarked. Know where the crosswalks are. `Crosswalk’ means that portion of the roadway included within the connection of the lines of sidewalks at intersections, or any section of the roadway marked for crossing. Not all crosswalks are marked; a crosswalk exists at intersections whether it is marked or not.Show courtesy by giving pedestrians as much room as you would like a motorist to give you when you’re on foot.Pedestrian responsibilityPedestrians have the right-of-way in crosswalks as long as they enter safely. The pedestrian is not allowed to suddenly leave a curb and walk or run into the path of a moving vehicle. Use caution and give the motorist time to yield.When traffic signals are located at intersections, pedestrians must cross at the intersection and obey the pedestrian crossing signals. Always be aware of vehicular traffic and use caution when crossing the roadway. When crossing the road at any point other than a marked or unmarked crosswalk, the pedestrian must yield to all vehicles on the roadway.Remember, whether hiking trails or walking to the local grocery, we’re all pedestrians at some time. Give others the same courtesy that you would like given to you.Transportation Responsibility & You, One Day at a time!Weekly construction report for the city of Glenwood SpringsWork will continue this week on replacement of the water main in Highway 6 in West Glenwood between Traver Trail and 135 Road. Water main replacement will occur in the area from Market Street to 135 Road, and fire hydrants will be installed throughout the project area. Construction hours 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. Construction of a new City Hall parking lot will continue at the site of the former city shops on the north side of 7th Street west of the railroad tracks. Short delays may be expected periodically on 7th Street as flaggers direct one-way traffic in alternating directions through the construction zone.8th Street west of Pitkin Avenue and the south end of School Street will remain closed throughout the week for sidewalk, retaining wall and landscape construction.Reconstruction of the street and sidewalks on North Park Drive from Grand Avenue to Roaring Fork Drive will continue. North Park Drive and Roaring Fork Drive (south of the high school football field) will be open to local traffic Monday through Friday, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.; otherwise this portion of North Park Drive and Roaring Fork Drive will be closed. There will be no weekend traffic detours.Colorado Department of Transportation weekly construction reportGlenwood Springs areaMonday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. up-valley and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. down-valley, 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.Shelley Kaup 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 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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