Strategies on How to Manage Glenwood's Traffic Demand

"With the 2017 traffic bridge detour approaching, the Grand Avenue bridge team is strategizing about reducing traffic on the detour through Glenwood Springs by 20 percent during rush hours. Many people have asked, 'How can something like this be done?' and our answer is traffic demand management.

TDM describes a wide range of programs and services that create the efficient use of existing transportation facilities by managing the actual demand placed on these facilities. TDM efforts are implemented through strategies including promotion of alternative transportation modes, increasing vehicle occupancy, reduction in travel distances and easing peak-hour congestion.

TDM measures are widely recognized and utilized in cities such as Los Angeles and New York. Our goal is to implement some of these strategies for our small community to create a smooth detour.

Some TDM measures include carpools, ride share matching, additional parking lots, walking, cycling, variable work hours, telecommuting and work schedule adjustment. This could also include covered bike parking or a bike sharing service.

Our team has also identified a few TDM measures that have not been included in other studies. The city’s new transportation manager, Tanya Allen, is assisting the team with locating “slugging” locations around Glenwood Springs. Slugging is 'casual carpooling,' where people wait in certain identified lots and motorists pick them up and take them part or all the way to their destinations during commuting hours.

Other ideas for TDM have stemmed from the environmental assessment of the bridge project. There will be a strong campaign leading up to the detour that includes information on all pedestrian and bicycle routes around Glenwood Springs, as well as links to Roaring Fork Transportation Authority schedules."

Source: Post Independent