Residents who live near the newly revamped Glenwood Springs Elementary School were surprised to learn recently that the planned vehicle entryway had been changed. That alteration has raised concerns about traffic circulation in the neighborhood.
Several options are being discussed for a long-term plan to better control access in and out of the south parking lot, which doubles as a student drop-off and pickup area. But for the coming school year, the relocated entry will remain as is, Roaring Fork Schools officials said.
Several residents of the Pitkin Avenue neighborhood met Tuesday with school district and city officials at the corner of 11th and School streets to discuss the situation.
“We supported the bond issue and have been participating in the school design discussions from the beginning,” school neighbor Jim Neu said. However, the parking lot entry changed over the summer without notice to the neighbors, he said. “Now it looks like we’re running out of solutions.”
Originally, the plan was to provide access into the parking area/drop-off zone directly from 11th Street.
However, the school district was unable to obtain a full easement from the U.S. Forest Service, said Assistant Superintendent Shannon Pelland. The Forest Service owns the property just south of the new school property, which used to serve as the city’s recycling center.
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The entry will instead be farther to the north, along a narrow, two-way section of School Street, she said. The reconfigured entry will allow access to the school from either 10th or 11th streets.
But neighbors are concerned about the increase in traffic on what had been a little-used street….
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