Solving traffic issues takes citizen involvement
Are you guilty of taking the back roads through town to avoid all of the road construction?
If you answered yes, you’ve probably noticed you’re not alone. At least you aren’t sitting in the same place, waiting for a light to change. Instead you are on a smaller road, driving a scenic route through a residential street trying to make up time.
Many residents can relate to this problem that’s been going on all summer while the road construction has been obstructing our normal routes in town. The traffic volumes are considerably higher in front of our homes and the use of excessive speed has made it a safety issue. Glenwood residents are feeling unsafe in their own neighborhoods.
A crucial part of resolving traffic issues is working with the residents to identify a traffic calming device or method that solves or minimizes the problem. The city of Glenwood Springs Traffic Efficiencies and Bike and Pedestrian Utilization ADHOC Committee has developed an overall traffic calming policy for the city.
One of the objectives of the policy is to encourage citizens and neighborhood involvement in traffic-calming programs with the goal to improve the livability of our streets by creating a safe, inviting access for pedestrians, cyclists, and transit users on the public right of ways. The Glenwood Springs city council will consider adopting the traffic-calming policy in September.
For more information on how residents can initiate a traffic-calming request or on the Glenwood Springs Traffic Calming Policy, visit http://users.iglide.net/adhoc/ADHOC.htm.
The Midland Avenue and Eighth Street detour is closed for travel between downtown and the West Glenwood area, including to the community center to allow the installation of utilities. This closure is expected to last through Friday, Aug. 19. Midland will remain closed south of Eighth Street for the rest of the summer.
Roundabout construction at the West Glenwood Interstate 70 interchange is in the second phase of the work. The westbound off-ramp is now open, while the eastbound off-ramp is being detoured to Gilstrap Court.
Highway 6 has been reduced to one lane in each direction, and traffic continues to be diverted around the construction area onto a detour about 200 feet west of the Mel Ray Road intersection. Traffic at the south roundabout is now being directed onto the newly-paved eastern portion of the roundabout to open up the west side for construction. Access to all businesses near the interchange will remain open.
Midland Avenue at the Glenwood Meadows project has now reopened to traffic. A new traffic signal at the West Meadows intersection has been installed and is in flashing mode until West Meadows is ready to open to traffic. Wulfsohn Road between the community center and the MOC facility has been closed to allow further construction work to be completed.
For updates on these construction projects and maps of the construction areas, visit the city Web site at http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us and click on the “Construction Alerts” link.
Sabrina Harris is the transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.
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