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The City of Glenwood Springs paid $3 million toward the project. Additionally, the City of Glenwood Springs and the Downtown Development Authority worked collaboratively with CDOT to ensure that details – such as brick, flagstone and ironwork – were integrated into the overall design for the vehicle and pedestrian bridges. These decorative details were designed with Glenwood Springs’ context and character in mind.
A project to enhance 7th Street along the Restaurant Row corridor by creating a destination pedestrian environment that will provide space for community events was also envisioned as a result of the Grand Avenue Bridge project. The enhanced 7th Street will improve the entryway to downtown from the historic train station, the south landing area of the pedestrian bridge over I-70 and the Colorado River, and the area underneath the new bridge. The first phase of the project is expected to start in 2018.
The City Hall drop box will continue to be available to receive documents and payments. Filing and payment deadlines falling on Fridays or weekends will be extended to the following Monday.
Many City employees plan to bike, walk, carpool, participate in the city vanpool, and ride the bus during the detour.
In coordination with RFTA, the City will be providing free, frequent shuttle bus service to and through town. Routes include West Glenwood Mall to the northern end of the Grand Avenue pedestrian bridge, Amtrak to the 27th Street BRT station, and the West Glenwood Park and Ride to the 27th Street BRT station. Visit www.rfta.com for additional information on routes and schedules.
The City is also encouraging the creation of employer-based and private vanpools. Registered vanpools of 6 or more will be issued permits that will allow access to preferred travel lanes. For information on vanpool registration, contact the vanpool registration system.
14th Street Pedestrian BridgeCity of Glenwood Springs’ officials on Feb. 16, 2017, celebrated the opening of a new Pedestrian Bridge that spans the Roaring Fork River. This project, which was partially funded with a $350,000 Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District grant, is one of many projects that the city is working on to assist with connectivity during the upcoming detour of the Grand Avenue Bridge. This new pedestrian bridge provides residents with a safe and efficient bike/pedestrian crossing across the Roaring Fork River, and improves access to the Glenwood Springs High School. This bridge was one of the city’s top 5 priorities identified in the long range Transportation Plan adopted in 2015.
West Midland TrailConstruction of the three-quarter-mile long trail segment of the West Midland Multi-Use Path from Lowe’s to the White Water Area is currently underway and is expected to open on June 15, 2017. The project, which includes a section of trail being constructed by RFTA, is intended to provide a safe route for pedestrians and cyclists from the Glenwood Springs Middle School to downtown Glenwood to use during the Grand Avenue Bridge detour in 2017 and beyond. City Council in August 2016 approved $1.79 million for the project, which is also partially funded by a Federal Mineral Lease District grant.
Bicycle WayfindingThanks to a $21,950 grant from the Federal Mineral Lease District, City crews in February installed new bicycle-specific wayfinding signage along the City's trails. The project, which is specifically referenced in the City’s Long Range Transportation Plan, is just one part of the City’s comprehensive efforts to improve wayfinding for residents and visitors. The signs provide wayfinding information to our various trail routes, as well as distance to landmarks. The FMLD grant funded the development of the sign placement framework, sign design, and an initial production run of approximately 70 signs.
E-assist bicyclesThe City is planning to allow limited use of e-assist bicycles on local paved and multi-use trails to make commuting a more viable option during the detour. The City is planning to allow public e-bike usage with the motor engaged on the River Trail/RGT, Midland and Atkinson Trails on a trial basis from August 1, 2017-April 30, 2018.
Bicycle and Trail MapThe City has developed a new bicycle route map that will be available on the City website as both a PDF download and an interactive map layer. The map shows recommended bike routes to and through town, including multi-use trails, bike lanes, sidewalk bike routes, and recommended on-road connections.
Bike ParkingThe City will be installing additional bicycle parking in the downtown area and near transit stops to facilitate additional bicycle travel. The City has introduced a bike rack request program that will allow individuals and businesses to request bike parking at specific destinations. City staff will review the request to ensure compliance with engineering requirements and install a rack at or near that location. A map of City bike racks will be made available on the City’s interactive Map viewer.
Education and InformationThe City is partnering with local advocacy groups to encourage bicycling to and from local events and educate bicyclists and other trail users regarding rules of the road. Volunteers will be distributing information at many City events and are available to give presentations to interested groups and businesses.
Public Lots on the East Side of Grand Avenue:City/DDA Parking Garage. Located at 9th Street and Cooper AvenueCooper Street Public Parking. Located next to the Glenwood Fire Station on Cooper Avenue between 8th & 9th Streets.
Public Lots on the West Side of Grand Avenue:Lot at 7th and Colorado. Behind the Italian Underground and Smoke Modern Barbeque.Lot at West End of 7th Street. This lot is located across from the park with the art installation featuring giant daisies.City Hall Public Parking. Located on 8th Street just west of the City Hall complex.After 6 p.m. Parking Options:Library/CMC Parking Structure. Beneath the library building are over 100 available spaces.Garfield County Courthouse. A lot along 7th Street that opens up after business hours.
Due to the proximity of Two Rivers Park to downtown, the City will not allow overnight parking at Two Rivers and will reserve some of the parking stalls within the parking for city vehicles and authorized vanpools. Boats and boat trailers will be directed to park at the Centennial lot.
Police and fire vehicles will be staged on either side of I-70/Colorado River in order to respond to emergencies.
Glenwood Police and Fire have purchased e-bicycles to aid in response times, allowing police and fire personnel to arrive on scene and stabilize/contain a situation until a patrol car/ambulance/fire engine can arrive on scene. These were purchased in part with the help of a generous donation from an anonymous donor.
These should never have found a way inside the sewer system! They cause maintenance nightmares and sewer backups.
Offer pre-tax payroll deductions and let the employees purchase bus passes or pay vanpool fares themselves.
Share the benefit and split the cost. You pay half the cost of the bus passes or vanpool fares and your employees pay the other half using pre-tax income.
For additional information, please visit the Commuter Choice website.
An accessory building is a detached subordinate building that is located on the same lot as the principal building, the use of which is incidental to the principal building or use of the lot. Accessory buildings cannot be used for living or sleeping quarters in a residential zone district.