GAPP nighttime work worth a try |

GAPP nighttime work worth a try

Shortening the GAPP is an idea that could be hard to beep.

Colorado Department of Transportation officials recently suggested nighttime construction for the Grand Avenue Paving Project.

Only the concrete paving would be done at night, not the jackhammering and scraping that will be necessary to strip off the asphalt from Grand Avenue.

Adding nighttime work hours would speed up the project, and reduce the total number of days when motorists will be inconvenienced by constricted lanes on the city’s main thoroughfare.

There’s no doubt that will be beneficial.

But City Councilman Bruce Christensen rightly raised the question of back-up beepers, and said the night work should be allowed only if the beepers can be turned off.

While local CDOT engineers said they would look into the idea, CDOT spokeswoman Stacey Stegman said it’s unlikely CDOT would agree to it.

“We are reluctant to do something like that. We want to do nothing to compromise worker safety,” she told the Post Independent Thursday.

Now it’s a choice between a longer construction period or the whine of beepers piercing the night air, when folks want to leave their windows open.

One compromise might be to see if beeper volume could be turned down, and then give it a try and see what residents think.

Folks should keep in mind that the paving portion of the job will move along quickly. Residents of a particular stretch of Grand Avenue and parallel streets may only have to put up with the noise for a few nights.

It’s worth a try, and if the nighttime noise is tolerable, the payoff will be appreciated by everyone.

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