Expert to give tips on reclaiming Grand Avenue |

Expert to give tips on reclaiming Grand Avenue

Sabrina HarrisSpecial to the Post Independent

Do you feel safe riding your bike or walking around Grand Avenue? If not, help is on the way. The city of Glenwood Springs is sponsoring the third visit of the traffic-calming expert Dan Burden, founder and director of Walkable Communities Inc. Burden is a highly recommended consultant who has helped numerous towns solve their traffic problems. Burden will be back in town July 19-21 to help us focus on making Grand Avenue a more walkable and pedestrian-friendly street. In Burden’s last visit in May, he walked and photographed the downtown area of Grand Avenue, showing us the untapped beauty and potential we have to offer. Burden’s greatest talent is getting people with different viewpoints to agree on a vision for their community. Join us for the two-and-half day, information rich, hands-on workshops and help make a difference in our community. For Burden’s Walkable Communities Web site, go to or visit the city’s Web site at for information pertaining to his upcoming visit.Construction UpdatesMidland Avenue and Eighth Street are now open for travel between downtown and the west Glenwood area, including the Community Center. Traffic will use the short detour around the intersection to facilitate the ongoing construction work. This route is expected to remain open until mid-July, when it will be necessary to close it down for another short period to complete more of the intersection work. Midland will remain closed south of Eight Street for the rest of the summer.Roundabout construction at the west Glenwood Interstate 70 Interchange has progressed to the second phase of the work. The eastbound on-ramp to I-70 is now closed for the next two weeks. Eastbound I-70 traffic is being detoured via Highway 6 or Devereux Road to the main Glenwood interchange at exit 116. The remainder of the west Glenwood interchange and ramps remain open, with traffic being directed around the work areas. Highway 6 has been reduced to one lane in each direction, and traffic will be diverted onto a detour about 200 feet west of the Mel Ray Road intersection to allow construction of the north roundabout to begin. Access to all businesses near the interchange will remain open. Midland Avenue traffic continues to be detoured onto Wulfsohn Road at the Glenwood Meadows project for several more days. For updates on these construction projects and suggested travel routes around the construction areas, visit and click on the “Construction Alerts” link.Sabrina Harris is the transportation manager for Glenwood Springs.

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