Glenwood extends work on roundabout |

Glenwood extends work on roundabout

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – With work coming to an end on the Midland Avenue and 27th Street roundabout project, Glenwood Springs administrators requested $114,781 for additional improvements.

That additional cost would, however, exceed the $1.4 million budget appropriated in 2009 for the project by $15,712.

However, according to a memo from assistant city engineer Steve Vanderleest, the actual costs of the project should still come in under the $1.4 million budget.

“This proposal includes a ‘worst case’ scenario for dealing with any bad soils that may be encountered,” the memo stated. “The actual amount billed after work is complete should be less than this change order amount, but we wanted to include all possible costs in this proposal now rather than encounter additional change orders with this project.”

The City Council approved the request at its Sept. 3 meeting as part of the consent agenda.

The additional funds will go toward extending concrete pavement from the west end of the Sunlight bridge to the edge of the new roundabout surface at the intersection of 27th and Midland.

Vanderleest’s memo to the council said: “The existing roadway is in poor condition at the west end of the Sunlight Bridge, and this is an opportunity to tie in the new concrete roundabout with the concrete bridge.”

City engineer Mike McDill agreed, saying that the idea to do this has been considered for a long time, and it seemed like now was a better time than ever to address the issues at the area.

“It’s something that we’ve contemplated doing from the beginning of the project, but a year ago we didn’t know if we had enough money to do the roundabout or not,” McDill said.

“On the surface, these potholes appear at the west end of the bridge every year,” McDill said. “No matter how often we patch them they continue to reappear.”

But with the bid coming in much less than the anticipated $1.4 million that was budgeted, the city did have some additional funds available.

The original bid for the project from Martinez Western came in at $1,036,150. The city then added $100,000 for underground water, sewer, and electrical adjustments and another $50,000 for final landscaping. There have also been seven previous change orders amounting to $115,989.

McDill said that the concrete work will begin on Monday, Sept. 14, closing the Sunlight bridge for about two weeks until the work is complete. South Glenwood traffic will be rerouted down to 7th Street bridge for the duration of the project.

McDill said that the bridge could be opened sooner however, they won’t know the extent of work that needs to be done until they begin excavating.

“It’s not the pavement but the ground underneath,” McDill said. “We plan on digging it all out and replacing it, but it will depend on what we find when we start excavating.”

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