July 8 ribbon cutting ceremony will commemorate infrastructure improvements project in key South Glenwood corridor
The City of Glenwood Springs will celebrate the completion of major improvements in the South Midland corridor in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 8, at the Atkinson trailhead parking lot.
The 18-month-long infrastructure improvement project will directly benefit the approximately one-third of Glenwood Springs residents who use the South Midland corridor daily. The City reconstructed South Midland Avenue, replaced and upgraded the waterline that serves all South Glenwood Springs, and added broadband infrastructure. The result will serve to improve access to emergency services, shopping and dining, and Sopris Elementary School for approximately 3,400 residents of the city of Glenwood Springs and Garfield County. Safety issues at residential and business access points were also addressed through improvements to several road intersections along Midland Avenue.
“The project is the culmination of our entire community and region coming together,” said Glenwood Springs Mayor Jonathan Godes. “South Midland is a critical road for many city and county residents. The newly reconstructed road is safer for everyone who uses that corridor from bicyclist and pedestrians enjoying fresh air to commuters driving to work and kids on their way to and from school.”
The completed work includes a new roundabout at the intersection of Four Mile and South Midland, installation of new storm drainage, a safer pedestrian and cycling experience through the corridor, wider roadway, and improved intersections. The project saw nearly 15,000 feet of curb and gutter work, over 5,000 square yards of sidewalk, 5,880 tons of asphalt, over 5,000 feet of sewer pipe, and 12,000 traffic control hours
The approximately $13.2 million project was funded by a Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, a Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) Grant, contributions from Garfield County, and the City of Glenwood Springs Acquisitions and Improvements (A&I) sales tax.