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Eighth Street connection work starting

Tom Newland

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To receive updates on the Eighth Street connection project or to reach the project team, call or text 970-618-9897 or email info@grandavenuebridge.com.

Question: I heard the Eighth Street Connection construction is going to start soon. How will this affect traffic in Glenwood?

Yes, in fact, it begins this week. Here’s what you need to know:

Colorado Department of Transportation and Grand Avenue bridge crews begin construction of the new Eighth Street connection today, Sept. 6.

Following a 30-day public comment period, the contractor will mobilize to build this new section of road. This six- to eight-week project will create a connection from Midland Avenue to Grand Avenue via Eighth Street, relieving the existing traffic on Colorado Avenue between Seventh and Eighth streets.

The decision to start construction on the Eighth Street connection now came after considering the impact of the ongoing construction activities on Seventh Street. Moving the Eighth Street connection project forward in the schedule helps mitigate the closure on Seventh Street between Colorado and Cooper avenues by easing traffic congestion, resulting in a safer pedestrian environment downtown.

Preliminary work will include tree removal in the construction zone, which begins at the end of School Street and continues to Midland. The impacts to local traffic will be minimal during the first week as crews undergo site preparation and excavation, much like the rock-hauling activities of the south causeway earlier this year.

During the excavation process, flaggers will be directing trucks in and out of the project area, as they work to move 1,000 cubic yards of earth per day. Trucks will use Ninth and 10th streets as their access route in and out of town.

On Oct. 8, the Eighth Street Bridge will close for approximately 10 days to allow crews to meet their strict asphalt deadline and minimize local traffic impacts.

During this temporary bridge closure, local access to Cowdin Drive will be maintained from Midland, and CDOT is coordinating with RFTA, the Roaring Fork School District and local emergency responders. Access to the elementary school via Park Driveway will be maintained during construction. A flagger will be in the area directing traffic and assisting before and after school hours.

What DRIVERS need to know

The connection will extend Eighth to Midland via a new section of road from School Street to the Eighth Street bridge over the railroad property known as the “wye.” The wye is currently used for public parking, and the project will result in a net loss of about 10 striped parking spaces in the lot. Access to the lot will be maintained during construction.

A 10-day detour will be implemented to close the Eighth Street bridge. The bridge must undergo repairs to its deck, guardrail and receive a paving overlay to handle traffic produced by the detour. Motorists traveling from west Glenwood to downtown Glenwood Springs should use U.S. 6 or Interstate 70 Exit 116. Pedestrian access will be maintained on the existing bridge sidewalk.

There will be many opportunities to stay up to speed on construction activities during this phase. The bridge project public information team is hosting a neighborhood informational meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at the Glenwood Springs Branch Library, where community members can hear more detailed information about the project, traffic impacts and the construction schedule.

Additionally, the public information team will include Eighth Street connection information in its bimonthly downtown public meetings. These occur on the first and third Friday of the month at 715 Grand Ave., Suite A. The next meeting is at 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16.


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