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A district judge Monday ruled in favor of a group of homeowners trying to halt a luxury townhome development in their neighborhood.

The plan for Owl Creek Townhomes Phase IV, one year into the town’s development review process, was stopped dead in its tracks by Judge T. Peter Craven’s order. The developers vow to appeal.

It’s been a case fraught with irony. The developers, the Snowmass Land Co., found themselves being challenged by the people whose neighborhood they created, the Two Creeks Homeowners Association.

The homeowners, who all moved into their second homes in the last decade, are fighting tooth and nail against another high end development in their neighborhood. Although SLC filed the lawsuit against Two Creeks, the defendants appeared to have defeated the very thing the plaintiff was trying to shore up legally. And the central focus of the legal case thus far, a golf course, was not even mentioned in the judge’s motion.

The Colorado Department of Transportation activated a new pedestrian crossing signal yesterday at Sayre Park in Glenwood Springs. The signal will provide a protected time for pedestrians wanting to cross Grand Avenue, which is part of Highway 82. It is synchronized with the existing signals through town to maintain traffic flow.

Further enhancing the installation of the pedestrian signal is the work being done on the Grand Avenue Paving Project, or GAPP.

The installation of the new signal, at $25,000, is being paid for with CDOT traffic and safety funds.

Highway 82 averages 26,000 vehicles a day throughout the year and can frequently peak to 30,000 vehicles daily. This high volume creates challenges for both maintaining traffic flow and allowing pedestrians and side-street traffic the opportunity to cross.

The Glenwood Canyon bike path along Interstate 70 is now closed for the safety of the public.

Maintenance crews inspect the path regularly and have determined that ice-pack and forecasted storms now warrant the seasonal closure. The path will remain closed from the No Name rest area (exit 119 on I-70) to the trailhead at Dotsero (mile marker 130.8).


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