Lowered Highway 34 speed limit among measures planned for Grand Lake 4th of July
The Town of Grand Lake has taken additional measures to ensure its Fourth of July event is both fun and safe for residents and guests.
“Grand Lake is proud to possess a stellar track record of decades of Fourth of July celebrations without major incident,” states a press release from the town and chamber. “However, in the wake of last year’s tragedy, the town has developed and strengthened its interagency partnerships to promote safety during its most highly trafficked day of the year. Planning between the town, emergency services personnel and federal agencies is already under way, as has been the practice in the past. “
Involved agencies include the Grand Lake Fireworks Organization, Grand County Sheriff’s Office, Grand County EMS, Grand Lake Fire Protection District, Colorado State Patrol, CDOT, Arapaho National Forest, Rocky Mountain National Park, Town of Grand Lake and the Grand Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Town has also been actively coordinating with CDOT and Colorado State Patrol to lower the speed limit on U.S. Highway 34, post variable message boards along the highway and install several portable light plants to be used as visitors leave Grand Lake. Increased patrolling through local services will also be provided throughout the festivities by foot, bicycle, ATV and boat.
Grand County Emergency Medical Services will have a first aid tent and ambulance stationed in Town Park. Rocky Mountain National Park and Arapahoe National Forest will also utilize additional rangers. In the event of an incident, messaging will be relayed to vehicles through message boards, gcemergency.com and the scrolling message sign placed in front of Circle 3 on Grand Ave. Should it become necessary, messages will be broadcast through Always Mountain Time Radio, 106.3 fm and 930 am.
“The public is encouraged to stay in Grand Lake after the fireworks ceremony and enjoy one of the many open restaurants,” the statements continue. “There will also be a free party with food and beverages at Mountain Lakes Properties, on Grand Ave, open to all in attendance. Grand Lake is excited to provide guests with an enjoyable and entertaining holiday this year; our resident and visitor safety is of the utmost importance.”
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