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What you need to know about detour time

Tom Newland

Two weeks from today, our community will begin to see how we have worked together to plan ahead, team up and drive less.

Thank you to everyone who has engaged with the project and created a plan to reduce traffic during the detour. Lately our hotline and email have exploded with questions and rumors, so we decided to create some Grand Avenue bridge frequently asked questions.

Q: When is the best time to drive?

A: When possible, avoid peak times (6:30-9 a.m. and 3:30-6:30 p.m.) and take advantage of other travel options (see below). There is no silver bullet or secret route. If you are commuting through Glenwood, stick to the detour. Your commute time ultimately depends on how many people voluntarily change their habits.

Q: Where can I park?

A: Designated carpool and transit parking will be available along the Hogback route from Parachute to Glenwood Springs. Look for Grand Avenue bridge signage. City public lots will be open, and street parking will be available. Public carpool parking is also available in each zone.

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Q: How does the detour affect Interstate 70, Exit 116, Midland Avenue and downtown?

A: When approaching Exit 114 from the west, eastbound I-70 will have a right "Exit Only" lane and a left "Thru lane." Vehicles trying to cut the Exit Only line from the designated Thru Lane will be sent through to Exit 116 to turn around at the interchange. Exit 116 will remain open with one lane in each direction, but will provide no access to Colorado 82. Midland Avenue will remain open from Eighth to 27th Street, but signal timing will favor the detour route, so please use Midland only if you are a resident. Pedestrians should cross only in designated crosswalks and must be alert in the downtown area.

Q: How are emergency and medical services (EMS) going to get through?

A: Two priority areas will be open only to EMS, transit and permitted vanpools. General traffic on Colorado 82 from 27th Street to Eighth Street will be in a one-lane configuration for general traffic (left lane). The right lane is for EMS, transit and permitted vanpools only. Wulfsohn Road (behind Glenwood Meadows) is also for EMS, transit and permitted vanpools only. Safety message: Be aware, don't block intersections and move over for EMS.

Q: What are the options for alternate transportation?

A: Bicycle routes and rules, free RFTA routes and carpool information are available on our website at grandavebridge.codot.gov.

Q: How do semis and large trucks get through the detour?

A: The squareabout along the detour route in downtown was designed for semis to navigate the route. There will be no parking on Eighth Street or on Colorado Avenue between Eighth and Ninth streets to make room for semis to turn.

Q: When are the river closures?

A: The first Colorado River closures are scheduled for Aug. 14 for approximately five to 10 days. A daily conference call will be held at 3 p.m. to discuss the status of the river.

Q: Is the bridge complete after the 95-day detour?

A: To provide relief to motorists and the community as soon as possible, the new traffic bridge will open with two lanes, one lane moving in either direction, after a projected 95 days. The new traffic bridge will remain in the two-lane configuration for 30-60 days, while the contractor works toward building and opening the outer lanes.

Q: I heard that…

A: With a project this size, it is easy for misinformation to spread. Please remember that accurate information is found on the Grand Avenue bridge official platforms — the website, Facebook page (facebook.com/GrandAveBridgeProject) and the hotline (970-618-9897). If you have a question, be sure to reach out.

14 Tips to Prepare

 

  1. Be aware, don’t block intersections and move over for EMS

 

  1. Minor emergency on the detour route (overheated car, run out of gas, etc.) call the non-emergency dispatch number, 625-8095

 

  1. EMERGENCY don’t delay, call 911.

 

  1. Wulfsohn Road is designated for EMS, transit and permitted vanpools only

 

  1. Right lane 27TH Street to Eighth Street eastbound CO-82/Grand Ave. is designated for EMS, transit, permitted vanpools and right turns only

 

  1. Download parking, carpool and transit maps on our website. Make sure to get in your zone and work together with your neighbors.

 

  1. Use free RFTA bus along the Hogback route to Glenwood Springs and the three free shuttles around town. The Hogback and Ride Glenwood routes stop at the north side of the pedestrian bridge, users will cross the bridge and then the GAB 1 route can connect riders up to the 27th Street BRT Station.

 

  1. Downtown access is open. Use pedestrian crossing at 8th Street to access downtown businesses.

 

  1. Pedestrians use designated crosswalks during the detour

 

  1. No parking along the detour squareabout on Eight, Colorado and Ninth

 

  1. E-bikes are allowed on City trails and the Rio Grande Trail to 23rd

 

  1. Bikers dismount from bike in downtown

 

  1. Keep Dogs on leash 6-foot or less

 

  1. We’re in this together, remain calm and be respectful of all motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

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