Business access provided amid increasing work
Question: How is the construction activity going to affect downtown?
Beginning this week, you will see a lot of construction activities taking place in the downtown area:
• Utility work along Grand Avenue between Seventh and Eighth streets. This work will require removal of the pavers and excavation of deep trenches to place new water, storm sewer and other utilities. Pedestrians will continue to have access to all businesses during this construction, which is expected to take until Memorial Day.
• Work on the pedestrian bridge. The existing pedestrian bridge will be deconstructed next week and the sections moved to near Glenwood Springs High School, where the city will reconstruct it as a pedestrian link across the Roaring Fork River to Midland Avenue. Night closures of the vehicle bridge, Grand Avenue and Interstate 70 will be required to do this work. The river will also be closed under the bridge for the next three weeks to ensure a safe work zone.
• Once the old pedestrian bridge is removed, work will start on construction of the new pedestrian bridge. Building the new bridge and placing the utilities under it will take a full year to complete. In the meantime, a temporary pedestrian walkway has been placed along the east side of the vehicle bridge, providing pedestrian access between downtown and the Glenwood Hot Springs area while the new bridge is being constructed.
• The pedestrian plaza between Seventh Street and the railroad tracks will remain closed for the rest of the year. Parking and travel lanes along Seventh between Colorado and Cooper avenues will also have closures during this time.
Despite all this work, the contractor will continue to provide safe, effective access to the downtown businesses throughout the project.
So don’t be afraid to shop and dine at the stores and restaurants downtown. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how easy it actually is to park and get around, and the business owners will really appreciate your patronage during this period of construction.
Tom Newland is head of the Grand Avenue bridge project communication team.
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