Grand Lake residents give ‘spirited’ input on multi-million dollar streetscape project
Grand Lake’s multi-million dollar streetscape project is expected to resume this year, with town officials recently holding a public meeting to discuss the potential scope of work to be conducted in 2018.
The meeting featured a presentation from town officials and the project’s engineer that outlined the possible extent of construction to be included in phase two of the three-phase project. The streetscape project got underway last summer with the initiation of phase one, which included the replacement of significant portions the Grand Avenue boardwalk as well as road and utility work up and down Grand Avenue and at various locations throughout the town.
Last week, the project’s engineer John Enochs detailed some of the plans the town initially expected to present to the Grand Lake Board of Trustees later this month. However, town officials have since said they have revised the anticipated scope of work in 2018 based on preliminary budget numbers, reducing the anticipated size of the project they expect to present for possible approval.
Town Manager Jim White said town staff hopes to present a finalized plan for phase two of the project by the end of April, after a new slate of trustees are sworn in following the town’s early April municipal election. Any future movement on the project is contingent upon approval from the Board of Trustees.
Thursday’s meeting featured a spirited back and forth discussion between Enochs, Town Planner Nate Shull, Public Works Director Bernie McGinn and the roughly 30 citizens who attended the meeting. Several outspoken citizens of Grand Lake were not shy about expressing their views on the plans for the future project.
Among the various projects the town is considering implementing as part of phase two is the conversion of Pitkin Avenue into a one-way street between Grand Avenue and Park Avenue, with the street restricted to northbound traffic only.
“The reason we are even going at this is because there is a lot of commercial delivery traffic around that area,” Shull said.
He added that the consideration of a one-way street is meant to facilitate the movement of traffic, including both delivery trucks and noncommercial vehicles, while adding to pedestrian safety.
Town officials said, in follow-up interviews, that they also expect to complete some elements of phase one of the project this year including milling and overlay from Ellsworth Street to Vine Street, street lighting work along Grand and Lave Avenues at Beach, and additional boardwalk replacements on Grand Avenue, Vine Street, Ellsworth Street, Pitkin Street and Garfield Street.
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