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With the new construction, drive carefully in work zones

Sabrina HarrisPost IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Due to the increased funding from the 2009 stimulus package, the state of Colorado will see an increase in road construction this year. Colorado will receive more than $500 million for transportation projects statewide with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) receiving approximately $330 million in federal highway funding, giving the state the ability to resurface roadways, replace poor bridges and improve safety all across the state. When you enter these zones, please use extra concentration, caution and common sense. As always, think safety first.Work zones can be dangerous for both construction workers and motorists during roadway construction, and thats why the federal government is actively working to improve roadway safety and mobility. In an effort to make the construction zone a safer place, the Federal Highway Administration released the following tips for the motorist. Ten tips for work zone driving1. Expect the unexpected2. Slow down3. Dont tailgate4. Keep a safe distance between you and the car ahead of you5. Pay attention to the signs6. Obey road crew flaggers7. Stay alert and minimize distractions8. Keep up with traffic flow9. Schedule enough time to drive safely and check radio, TV and websites for traffic information.10. Be patient and stay calmThese tips and other safety advice can be found at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/safetytips. Always remember to slow down when you see the color orange; you are entering a work zone. Let the construction crew do their job as they work to improve our roadways for a better tomorrow for everyone in the valley and across the state. Construction updates The city of Glenwood Springs and GMCO are chip sealing and fog sealing streets and parking lots this week. From May 20-22 there is no curbside parking or lawn watering from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The roads will be opened to local traffic only. The project will take place on the following: South Hyland Drive, 23rd Street from Palmer to Bennett Avenue, and the 2300 block of Palmer. The Parks Department is sealing the parking areas of the Glenwood Park soccer field and the Sayre Park baseball field and tennis courts. The dates for this work could change because of weather delays. Should you have any questions, please contact the city of Glenwood Springs Engineering Department at 384-6435. We appreciate your cooperation during this street maintenance project. The city of Glenwood Springs and Gould Construction will be opening Midland Avenue to two-way traffic between 27th and West Eighth by 7 p.m. May 21. From May 22-29 there will be some slight delays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. while crews finish the traffic-calming project. We would like to thank you for your patience during these projects. If you have any questions you may contact the Engineering Department at 384-6435 and ask for King Lloyd.Force main and access road construction for the citys new wastewater plant is continuing along Midland Avenue. Speed limits will be decreased while crews work adjacent to the road.Trail construction is occurring at Midland and Mount Sopris Drive; please use caution while traveling in this area.Utility work is beginning at 27th and Midland Avenue; some slight delays may be expected in this area.The citys Electric Department will continue to upgrade its system on Donegan Road. This project will last for the rest of the summer, reducing Donegan Road to one-lane traffic through the construction area. Flaggers will be on site. The construction work hours will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. If you have any questions pertaining to this project, you may contact the citys Electric Department at 384-6352. Notice of temporary partial parking lot closure: The eastern side of the city of Glenwood Springs 24-hour parking lot located at 401 W. Seventh St. will be closed to parking on Thursday, May 28, and Friday May 29. Hepworth-Pawlak Geotechnical will be performing subsurface exploration for the proposed sewer lift station at the site. The western side of the lot will be available for parking. Sabrina Harris is transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.

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