GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Grand Avenue Bridge project planners will again be erecting story poles for public viewing today, only this time to give a visual perspective of the proposed pedestrian bridge ramp along Seventh Street.
Story poles will be up between 12:30-5:30 p.m. today showing the width and height of the ADA-compliant ramp. Project representatives will also be on hand to answer any questions.
A new pedestrian bridge is one component of the larger Highway 82/Grand Avenue Bridge replacement project. In order to provide handicapped access to the bridge to and from Seventh Street, either a ramp structure or an elevator will be required.
Glenwood Springs City Council is to decide at its regular Thursday meeting which alternative would be preferable.
The story poles will show the south side (façade) of the upper and lower ramp sections. The ramp platform would be about 12 inches deep, with an open railing, according to Colorado Department of Transportation officials who are in charge of designing the structure.
“We have found that story poling gives the public a very accurate depiction of what an improvement will look like, to scale and at its location,” CDOT Region 3 Central Program Engineer Joe Elsen said. “It’s a step beyond looking at a rendering, as it enables people to view the structure from different vantage points.”
The primary differences between the ramp and elevator options are aesthetics, maintenance costs and security, he said.
More information about the bridge project can be found at www.sh82grandavenuebridge.com.