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  • Construction starts on westbound I-70 express lane

    Once it’s complete in the spring of 2021, the Westbound Interstate 70 Mountain Express Lane will give Clear Creek residents and visitors their time back.

    At least, that’s the hope that government officials, including County Commissioner Randy Wheelock, expressed at the project’s groundbreaking ceremony Thursday morning in downtown Idaho Springs.

    “(This project) gives us back our time and our money,” Wheelock said.

  • Managed parking turning over spots, bringing in bucks

    In its first 47 days in operation, Idaho Springs’ managed parking system is turning over parking spots five times a day on Miner Street, and has netted more than $54,000 in revenue, which is split 50-50 between the city and Interstate Parking Co. of Colorado.

    Interstate Parking General Manager Jessica Hindmarch told City Council members during a July 8 work session that five turns of the Miner Street parking spaces is equivalent to 550 parking spots. Over time, Interstate Parking believes it can reach as many as eight turns in a day.

  • Georgetown Briefs

    Gateway project is underway

    The Gateway construction project along Argentine Street between Seventh and 11th streets began Friday, Georgetown staff confirmed.

    Last week, crews were doing pothole and milling work.

    According to Town Administrator Kent Brown, there should be few traffic disruptions for the first two weeks of construction. When there are, the town will let the public know about them.

    The bulk of the project is expected to be done by Sept. 1, Brown said.

    Town to update traffic code

  • News Briefs

    Transfer station changes hours

    Clear Creek County’s transfer station and recycling center has new hours, which took effect on Thursday.

    The center, at 1531 Soda Creek Road, will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Until further notice, it will be closed Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays because of employee staffing.

    For additional information, call Transfer Station Facility Manager Bob Tiedemann at 303-679-2482.

    Cause determined for Red Elephant Hill fire

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from July 1-7

    • Monday, July 1 — Idaho Springs officers assisted Colorado State Patrol with a suspicious-vehicle call on Floyd Hill. Officers contacted the driver, who was parked on the shoulder with his windshield wipers on even though it was sunny. As officers talked to the man, he reportedly kept falling asleep, hardly coherent. After a voluntary roadside test, the driver was taken into custody and charged with DUI.

  • Georgetown’s July 4 parade an old-fashioned celebration

    Sixty-eight years ago, Bob Hurrell spent the Fourth of July serving in the Korean War.

    Last week, he spent part of his holiday playing with the Jeffco Brass Ensemble in Georgetown’s annual Fourth of July parade, just as he has every year for the past 20 years.

    “It’s the greatest thing in the world,” Hurrell, an Army and Air Force veteran, said of the holiday. “You don’t know what this day means until you’ve spent it out of the country.”

  • Groundbreaking for westbound PPSL set for Thursday

    Work on the westbound peak-period shoulder lane will begin this month, once again complicating the Interstate 70 corridor between the Veterans Memorial Tunnels and Empire Junction.

    The project’s official groundbreaking is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday in the city parking lot behind the businesses at the 1500 block of Miner Street in Idaho Springs.

  • Concerns continue over effect of CDOT’s road salts

    Winter may be over, but local officials are still concerned about the effect of the Colorado Department of Transportation’s road treatment mixtures on the county’s water and plants.

  • DRCOG, CDOT working on long-range transportation plans

    By 2050, the greater Denver metro area will have a functioning multimodal transportation system that allows for better air quality. Or, at least, that’s the goal.

    The Denver Regional Council of Governments and the Colorado Department of Transportation discussed their long-term transportation goals, present-day factors and other questions with the Clear Creek commissioners during a July 2 work session.

  • Police Blotter: Crime Calls from June 24-30

    • Monday, June 24 — The Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office received a call about a gas meter explosion in the 200 block of Hyland Drive.

    • Wednesday, June 26 — Idaho Springs police officers were dispatched to 14th Avenue for a report of disorderly conduct after a juvenile allegedly was caught on video walking up to and banging on doors then leaving. The juvenile was issued a summons.