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Transportation Responsibility & You

Melissa LaeserSpecial to the Post Independent

Glenwood Springs families are gearing up for the 2004-05 school year, and school is scheduled to start Aug. 31. Concrete Works of Colorado is mobilizing, and the Grand Avenue Paving Project (GAPP) is scheduled to start Sept. 7. Construction will interfere with all travel during the school year. During construction, take advantage of the free, safe and reliable transportation the school district provides and make riding the school bus cool again! Or take time to be a healthy family and walk or bike to school. If these options do not work for your family, consider joining School Pool and form School Pooling groups with other local families.The School Pool program is designed to assist parents who drive their kids to school, kids who drive themselves to school and faculty and staff in the school district. It is designed to relieve congestion associated with school traffic. Parents: You can register to form a School Pool carpool! Visit http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us and look for the carpool registration form. We can match your needs with other parents and find a School Pool group for you! We can also help plan a safe route to school if your child would rather bike or walk.Students who drive: We know your child just got a license and wants to take advantage of the new freedom, but if your children carpool to school, they will receive prizes. If they form a carpool with two or more of their friends, they will be eligible for Sunlight ski passes and other great prizes. They must carpool three or more days per week to be eligible. Faculty and staff: Faculty and staff are eligible to join Commuter Club! Commuter Club is designed to give commuters in our region transportation options during the construction projects. Get rewarded for using alternative transportation for your daily commute. Visit http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us for more information and register today.If you have questions about School Pool, Commuter Club, GAPP or other transportation issues, please call 384-6437, email try@ci.glenwood-springs.co.us or visit http://www.ci.glenwood-springs.co.us and click on Transportation for more information.Construction updatesThe Electric Department will place underground conduit at the Oasis Creek subdivision in the Princeton Circle, Yale, Oxford and Castle Court areas during the next several days. Motorists should drive carefully where crews are present.The electric department will also be installing inner duct at West Wulfsohn Road over the next few days. Motorists should drive slowly where crews are working.Work is expected to start the week of Aug. 16 on a new irrigation water line between the Community Center and the intersection of Red Mountain Drive and West Ninth Street. Detours and flaggers may be in place on Red Mountain Drive between Midland and West Ninth.Construction work is also beginning on the Glenwood Meadows project along Midland Avenue northwest of the Community Center. During the initial phases of construction, little direct impact on traffic is expected. However, motorists should be alert for construction vehicles entering and exiting Midland Avenue in the vicinity of the project.Melissa Laeser is transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.


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