New traffic signal likely at busy Glenwood intersection |

New traffic signal likely at busy Glenwood intersection

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs correspondentAspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS Motorists heading over the Sunlight Bridge in Glenwood Springs may soon encounter a new traffic signal aimed at easing traffic congestion.A four-way signal is contemplated at 27th Street and South Grand Avenue the intersection at the east end of the Sunlight Bridge.That gets backed up pretty bad in the mornings and evenings, said Steve Vanderleest, assistant city engineer.The city opened three bids on the construction work Wednesday. The lowest bid appears to have come in at about $250,000, from WL Contractors of Arvada, Vanderleest said.City staff hopes to have the bid approved at the next City Council meeting; ideally, work would begin within a few months and be completed this year, Vanderleest said.PBS&J engineering firm produced a report that identified the intersection as one of the problem intersections in town that could benefit from a traffic signal, according to Vanderleest.Currently, an average of nearly 12,000 vehicles cross the Sunlight Bridge each day, he said.In June 2006, PBS&J said the intersection was failing the northbound and southbound traffic, which averaged a 50-second delay or more per vehicle. A roundabout though identified as a better option to deal with future traffic increases was not considered at the intersection because of its location adjacent to the bridge.PBS&J estimated a traffic signal at the intersection would reduce average delays to 10 seconds or less per vehicle. In 20 years, PBS&J projected, the intersection would average a 20- to 30-second delay per vehicle, even with the signal