Glenwood’s new Grand Avenue bridge is open!
Mark the date and time in history – 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6. The new Grand Avenue bridge is officially open.
Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the new bridge deck attended by upwards of 3,000 people and a community walk across the bridge to Eighth Street, officials made the call. Much to the delight of Monday evening commuters, two lanes of the new bridge were opened to northbound Colorado 82 traffic at 5 sharp.
The bridge was expected to open to four lanes sometime overnight.
“We’re here for something you probably thought would never happen, but here we are, two weeks ahead of schedule,” Mike Lewis, Colorado Department of Transportation deputy executive director, said before the official ribbon cutting, to loud applause.
“This is an incredibly exciting day for us at CDOT, but I’m sure it’s much more exciting for you who have had to put up with detours and traffic jams and noise and disruption for the better part of two years,” he said. “Thanks to all of you for putting up with us.”
The bridge opening marks the end of a near three-month detour of Grand Avenue and Colorado 82 traffic while the old bridge spanning the Colorado River and Interstate 70 was removed, and the final span of the new bridge completed.
Construction will continue for several more months, as crews work to put the finishing touches on the bridge, build a new, longer Interstate 70 eastbound on ramp, remove the construction platforms in the river, and generally make sure everything is in working order.
Doing the honors for the ribbon cutting were a group of Glenwood Springs Middle School students, including Forest Williams, who was injured in a bicycle accident while commuting to school in September and doing his part to help reduce traffic on the detour route.
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
Scott Ely founded Sunsense Solar 30 years and initially operated as a one-man crew. His focus was installing solar electric systems on backwoods cabins off the grid. Now the company’s work includes some of the biggest solar farms in the region.