Eighth St. bridge closure won’t affect foot traffic
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Although the Eighth Street bridge will be closed to vehicles for the next three weeks as part of the city’s sewer line project, it will remain open to pedestrians, according to the project engineer.
“We are getting ready this afternoon to dig up the bridge abutments, so the bridge is closed to traffic at this time,” Nick Senn of SGM Engineering said Wednesday. “However, it will be open for pedestrians to get across during that time.
“We do ask that pedestrians keep on the south [upstream] side of the bridge during this time,” he added.
The bridge closure is part of a several months-long project to install the new sewer force line along Midland Avenue from the existing Glenwood Springs Wastewater Treatment Plant, located just east of the Eighth Street bridge, to the new plant, which is under construction in West Glenwood.
Midland Avenue has since been reopened to two-way traffic after a three-week closure to eastbound traffic between the Glenwood Meadows shopping center and the intersection of Midland and Eighth. Although the bridge is connected to Seventh Street it is officially the Eighth Street bridge.
“There are temporary traffic stops to let traffic through one direction at a time until we complete the repaving, but traffic is moving in both directions,” he said. “Motorists should expect minor delays as we finish up the paving and striping.”
While pipes are being installed across the bridge, there also may be some temporary interruptions in pedestrian and bicycle traffic on the river trail that passes underneath the bridge. Flaggers will be positioned underneath the bridge when that becomes necessary, he said.
The bridge is expected to be reopened by Aug. 23. However, work will continue adjacent to Midland Avenue until October.
“The most impactful part of the project as far as traffic is concerned will be over once the work on the bridge is finished,” Senn said.
For the next three weeks, alternate routes to and from 27th Street and Interstate 70 Exit 116 are advised, he said.
Additional information about the project and street/bridge closures is available on the city’s website at http://www.cogs.us.
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