Highway ideas: ‘logical to ridiculous’
GLENWOOD SPRINGS A draft study has identified 22 possible alternatives for improving travel along the Highway 82 corridor in Glenwood Springs.Ideas run the gamut from changing traffic light timing and adding more lights on the highway, to building a new route along Lookout Mountain on the east edge of town at a potential cost of $600 million or more.”What’s going to be covered in this is the logical to the ridiculous,” said City Council member Chris McGovern, also a member of the city’s transportation commission.The study is intended to look at the full range of possible means for addressing increasing congestion on Highway 82 in Glenwood, where it currently follows the city’s main street, Grand Avenue.Among the alternatives evaluated are several that make use of the railroad right of way corridor on the east side of the Roaring Fork River. The city long has looked to the corridor as a possible site for a new route that would alleviate congestion on Grand Avenue, although some city residents don’t want to see the river corridor developed.Some of the other ideas include creating four lanes on the residential part of Midland Avenue north of 27th Street, building the south bridge project that would extend Midland to and across the Roaring Fork River to Highway 82, making the railroad corridor route one-way in the morning and the other way in the evening to accommodate commuting patterns, designating permanent one-way traffic on each of two different corridors; and creating a new Interstate 70/Highway 82 interchange at Devereux Road.Others focus on changes downtown. Some would convert parts of Eighth through 11th streets to one-way to limit traffic movement at Grand Avenue intersections, or ban right or left turns at those intersections. Another would have Glenwood’s main I-70 interchange directly connect to one-way Cooper and Colorado avenues. Both are residential streets.The “corridor optimization study,” now nearing completion, is being conducted as a precursor to an environmental assessment that would evaluate several top alternatives and identify a preferred one, while seeking public input along the way.City engineer Mike McDill said the transportation commission is expected to review the draft results at its meeting Tuesday morning and provide feedback to consultants as they work on a final report. That report is expected to be presented to City Council on April 5.
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