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Take a hike on Trails Day

Transportation Responsibility and YouLarry Thompson

Friday, June 3, is Trails Day in the Roaring Fork Valley. Communities in Motion – the alternative transportation departments of the cities of Glenwood Springs and Aspen, and the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority – are sponsoring this event to celebrate the wonderful trails we have in this area. Our trails are a superb recreational amenity that contribute to the quality of life in our valley. The health benefits of using the trails are many. They bring significant economic benefit to our communities; many tourists come to this area to ride and walk our trails. And they provide a relaxing alternative for commuters to avoid the stress and congestion of driving to work on our highways.Get out on our trails on Friday next week. If you’re in Glenwood Springs, walk, ride your bike, push your stroller, Rollerblade, and come to Two Rivers Park between the hours of 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Join river commission representatives and transportation department staff to learn more about trails and receive a snack and other goodies, compliments of CIM.Trails day is part of a “Car-Free Summer” in the Roaring Fork Valley. Communities in Motion will host several events throughout the summer to remind us of the benefits of alternative transportation. June is Colorado Bike Month. The next Car-Free Summer activity will be Bike to Work Day on Wednesday, June 22.For more information about alternative transportation, Commuter Club or other transportation issues, call 384-6437, e-mail try@ci.glenwood-springs.co.us or visit http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us and click on “Transportation.”Construction updatesMidland Avenue construction between the Community Center and the MOC/RFTA facility is under way. Midland Avenue traffic is being detoured onto the newly paved Wulfsohn Road through the Glenwood Meadows project. This work is expected to continue through about June 30. No traffic interruptions are expected, but be alert for the detours.Construction of two new roundabouts at the West Glenwood Interstate 70 interchange has also begun. Traffic on I-70 won’t be affected by the project, but Highway 6, Midland Avenue, Mel Ray Road, Gilstrap Court and the I-70 access ramps in the vicinity of the project are all expected to be impacted by the construction. Single traffic lanes in each direction are anticipated through the construction area. Businesses will remain open, and access will be available. Work is expected to continue until November. Construction will begin about June 2 on the intersection of Midland Avenue and Eighth Street. Midland Avenue will be closed south of Eighth Street. Traffic between Eighth Street and Midland Avenue north of the intersection will be detoured through the construction area. Periodic closures of this detour will be necessary. This project is also scheduled to continue into the fall.Final paving and cleanup on the water main replacement in 23rd Street between Bennett and Palmer is scheduled to be complete by May 27.Chip-seal surfacing on lower Sunny Acres Road and on Cedar Crest between Donegan and Cardinal is scheduled for today. No on-street parking will be available Friday or June 3. Chip-sealing on Bennett Avenue between Blake and Hyland Park Drive will be done May 31, with no parking allowed on that day and on June 2 and 3.Larry Thompson is the city engineer for Glenwood Springs.

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