Bridge closure, I-70 detour next two nights
Overhead utility work that Grand Avenue bridge project officials had hoped to accomplish during the planned Interstate 70 Glenwood Canyon closure this week will now take place overnight tonight and Friday because the canyon work was postponed.
As a result, the bridge will be closed to traffic from 8 p.m. tonight until 6 a.m. Friday, and again during the same hours Friday night into Saturday morning, bridge project spokesman Tom Newland said. I-70 traffic going in both directions will also be detoured onto Sixth Street at Exit 116 during the overnight hours, he said.
“We were hoping to do the overhead work during the day yesterday and today when the canyon was closed, but we didn’t get very far along before those plans changed,” Newland said.
Downdrafts in Glenwood Canyon on Wednesday forced crews to halt helicopter work on a rockfall mitigation project that was to have closed I-70 during the day today. Instead, the interstate was kept open today and the helicopter work is to be rescheduled by the Colorado Department of Transportation, probably sometime in August.
For the bridge project-related I-70 detour tonight and Friday night, traffic will merge into one-lane each direction and will detour onto Sixth Street at Exit 116 and near the Yampah Vapor Caves.
The detour is necessary for safety reasons while the utilities are being placed onto the new pedestrian bridge that is under construction over I-70, Newland said.
Due to the bridge closure, traffic looking to exit onto Colorado 82 should do so at Exit 114 in West Glenwood and take Midland Avenue to Eighth Street and back onto Grand Avenue via Colorado Avenue. U.S. 6 to West Glenwood will also remain open.
Pedestrian access on the Grand Avenue bridge will be maintained via the temporary walkway during the detour and vehicle bridge closure, Newland said.
There will be no parking from Pine Street to the Yampah Vapor Caves during the overnight detour. Next week, construction crews will continue utility work along Sixth Street between Laurel and the Grand Avenue bridge.