Glenwood gets grant for bike and pedestrian access plan |

Glenwood gets grant for bike and pedestrian access plan

Good news, commuters! The city of Glenwood Springs has just been awarded a planning grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation. This Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5313(b) grant will be used to fund a study that will be used to create a Bike and Pedestrian Transit Access Plan for the city. The plan is designed to identify deficiencies in transit accessibility, identify paths to transit that are ADA compliant and inventory existing transit accesses, and then to create a plan to address the deficiencies, including prioritization of facilities within our community.In the city’s Long Range Transportation Plan, the vision statement reads the city is to create an integrated transportation system that moves people and goods, provides modal choices, preserves the quality of life, promotes economic vitality, and exemplifies the small town environment that is Glenwood Springs. To accomplish this vision, the city must take action and begin to create solutions to deficiencies in our multimodal system.Bicycling and walking are important elements of an integrated transportation system. Constructing sidewalks, installing bicycle parking at transit, teaching children to ride and walk safely, installing curb cuts and ramps for wheelchairs, striping bike lanes and building trails all contribute to encourage more people to bicycle and walk safely, which in turn, create a more walkable and bicycle-friendly community.The study area of the proposed project will be the city’s existing fixed-route transit system, Ride Glenwood Springs, that services a single route approximately six miles long, extending from the west end to the south end of the city, operating primarily on Highway 82, Highway 6 & 24 and Wulfsohn Road. A Request for Proposals (RFP) is to be released within the next two months and the Draft Plan will be completed no later than six months after the contract is awarded. The city estimates the cost for this project to be approximately $17,000, based on other similar Transit Access Plans with the grant funding 70 percent of the cost of the study. The city of Glenwood Springs strives to be a model mountain town for transportation, and understands that improvements to better transit access are needed and are important to an overall successful transit service. This project will allow the city to make educated decisions regarding access to transit, understand the accessibility issues in the community, implement changes based on the information obtained from the study and plan for the future building of the transit system. The results of this project will be used by the city to create excellent transit accesses that are utilized by all members of our community.

Construction on Sixth Street is set to begin March 20.The city of Glenwood Springs has contracted with Heyl LLC to replace 1,000 feet of aging water main in Sixth Street between Pine Street and the Center for the Arts. Work is expected to last for six weeks. The entire street will be re-paved at the completion of the project. During construction motorists may experience delays or detours in the area. Questions about the project may be directed to the city engineering department at 384-6435.Sabrina Harris is the transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.

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