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Transportation responsibility & you

Sabrina HarrisGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Yep, you guessed it. Its about that time of the year again, when traveling across town can be quite tricky, not to mention time-consuming. You cant drive anywhere without being in the middle of a road construction project. And its sad to say, but we all know it hasnt been a typical winter with all of the snow we have received; in fact, a better description might be its been an endless one. Well, heres your heads up on this year being the best of all road construction zones.If you have driven around town lately, its pretty obvious that our streets have really taken a beating this winter. In an effort to restore and maintain our streets, the city of Glenwood Springs will soon be bidding out their 2008 street maintenance projects, which include chip seal, crack seal and overlay for streets throughout town. As these projects are awarded to contractors and construction plans are finalized, the city will announce details pertaining to each project in future articles in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent and on the citys website. The city of Glenwood Springs is interested in keeping the community safe and moving. To accomplish this task, it is importation to keep the public informed on necessary improvements and current maintenance projects to our overall street system, and the best way to do this is by visiting the citys engineering webpage at http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us/departments/publicworks/engineering/index.htm. At this site, you can find reports on current engineering projects such as the Eighth Street realignment, 27th Street bridge, 2008 water replacement projects and various sidewalk construction projects around town. In addition, you can also find detailed reports on street maintenance and reconstruction by street, by year, by cost and by remaining service life. If you are interested in the latest on the 201 Wastewater Treatment Facility Plan or Highway 82 Corridor Optimization Studys final report, you can find these studies here also. For those of you who commute on Midland Avenue and 27th Street, 2008 will be a year filled with many construction projects. The city will be installing a signal at the intersection of 27th and South Grand Avenue, with the intention of going out to bid on March 26. On the opposite side of the 27th Street bridge, the city is working with the developer of the Roaring Fork Lodge to construct a roundabout at the intersection in front of Terraces apartments. The Midland Avenue traffic-calming project will bid out in May, involving the section of Midland Avenue between 8th and 27th streets. So welcome to Glenwoods construction zone. Be sure to stay informed on all upcoming projects planned for the 2008 construction season that may affect your future travel around town. In fact, this construction season might be a great time to start commuting on the bus or using those scenic trails and sidewalks throughout town.For information on Glenwood Springs construction projects, please visit the citys website at http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us and click on City Departments, then Engineering, and click on Current Engineering Projects. If you have questions about construction projects, trails or other transportation issues, please call 384-6437, or e-mail try@ci.glenwood-springs.co.us for more information.Sabrina Harris is transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.


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