Pilot projects results are in
The results are in! The results of whether or not the city will implement any of the three traffic-calming pilot projects, that is. If you attended any of the public meetings last month, you may already know the answer. The city of Glenwood Springs held three separate meetings in March to ask residents who are directly affected by each of the Grand Avenue Traffic Calming pilot projects to voice their opinions concerning each project. An average of 30 to 40 residents attended each meeting. Some came with strong opinions, some came with mixed feelings and others questioned why their neighborhood was chosen as one of these projects. The pilot projects are included in the Grand Avenue Traffic Calming Plan adopted by City Council last year to provide overall additional parking in the downtown area, and to demonstrate the value of bicycle lanes by implementing them on Blake Avenue, from Seventh to 23rd Avenue. The idea of removing one-way restrictions from Cooper and Colorado avenues was to improve access to homes and to improve the overall circulation in the downtown area. After going through all the comments made from residents of each project, the Traffic Calming Committee, made up of the public works director, chief of police, fire chief, city engineer and transportation manager, based their decisions on input they received from the residents. The first project, adding bike lanes on Blake Avenue, was approved and will be implemented around mid-May. The committee decided that this project should be re-evaluated in September to decide whether or not to keep the bike lanes. Changing the parking on Cooper Avenue to back-in diagonal parking was also approved, and this project will start taking shape in June. The residents asked for consideration to add the 900 Block (in front of the fire station on Cooper Avenue) to this project, and the committee agreed. This project will be given a one-year evaluation to allow observation during the winter season. The last project, changing Cooper and Colorado avenues back into two-way streets, was not approved. This is due to the overwhelming negative response of the neighborhood. The city has recently sent out a memo to all residents on these streets asking if they would be interested in changing the parallel parking to diagonal to create more parking in their neighborhood. The residents have until Friday to respond back with their comments. Construction UpdateLandscaping and grading work is being performed at the Eighth and Midland intersection over the next several weeks. Motorists may experience delays in the area while work is being performed. The Sixth Street waterline construction by the Hot Springs Pool is progressing on schedule. The road should be repaved by the first week in May. Questions about either 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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