Walking into the GAPP | PostIndependent.com

Walking into the GAPP

Melissa LaeserSpecial to the Post Independent

Have you been trying to walk on Grand Avenue during the GAPP project? If so, you have probably noticed that your pedestrian pathways have been uprooted and you are directed to try a new route. This should not impact your walking trip in the city. Crossing a street here and there to avoid the construction zone is typical of most roadway construction projects.Walking can provide a new perspective on the city’s transportation system, introduce new walking paths and bring you in contact with local businesses you might not have known existed.There are many pedestrian-positive revisions being made in Glenwood Springs, including new sidewalks and ramps built at the intersections along the GAPP corridor. New colored concrete crosswalks have been built along Grand Avenue – you probably have driven over them, so try walking over them.There will also be a pedestrian-initiated crossing near Sayre Park installed in conjunction with the GAPP. The light will turn red for the cars when you are ready to cross by foot. Traveling to Sayre Park by foot or bike will be safer and easier when the GAPP project is done.With any construction project, trips are impacted and safety is a concern. Please be careful and, when feasible, let pedestrians have the right of way. Think about it-if people are walking they are not in their cars clogging up the roads and you can drive where you need to go with less congestion. This is true for Grand Avenue and our local roads. The transportation system is being used in a different manner during construction and more pedestrians are present. Be respectful and encouraging of pedestrians and allow them their safety. Try making one or all of your trips by walking and check out our pedestrian upgrades. If people are walking, it benefits us all!Construction updatesThe city will replace the heated slab at the intersection of Riverview Drive and West 13th Street. The project begins Wednesday, Oct. 13, and should be completed, weather permitting, by Tuesday, Oct. 26. The intersection will remain closed through these dates. Traffic on West 13th Street will be diverted to West 10th Street.The city has been installing a storm drain in the 800 block of Garfield and should be completed by Wednesday, Oct. 20. We are asking that residents in the area continue parking outside the project area until the completion date. Parking will not be affected on the weekends.Utility work will occur in various locations on Grand Avenue between 22nd and South Hyland Park Thursday, Oct. 14, through the end of the month. Utility work on Grand Avenue will be at 22nd Street Saturday, Oct. 16, and Sunday, Oct. 17.Cardiff Glen Developers will continue the reconstruction of the Airport Road south of the Four Mile Road intersection. The traffic will be one lane during working hours, with short delays. The project will go until Friday, Oct. 15.Melissa Laeser is transportation manager for Glenwood Springs.

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