Grand Avenue ped bridge work to begin in March in Glenwood Springs |

Grand Avenue ped bridge work to begin in March in Glenwood Springs

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Replacement of the pedestrian bridge concrete deck – which spans Interstate 70, the Colorado River, and the railroad tracks – is scheduled to begin in March.

The project will consist of removing the entire existing concrete deck, and replacing it with pre-cast concrete sections, which will include new electrical conduit and pull boxes for the bridge lighting system, according to city documents.

Because all of this work will occur over I-70, the river and the railway corridor, contractors will first assemble what is called a “rigid debris containment system” to catch any falling debris during demolition.

To minimize conflict with the high-use Hot Springs Pool season, nearly all of the work must be completed between March 1 and May 28, according to city officials.

According to Mike Fowler, project manager with Schmueser Gordon Meyer, actual demolition isn’t scheduled to begin until early April, but the containment structure will begin to go up around March 15.

The pedestrian bridge will remain open until actual demolition begins, but the contractor has tentatively scheduled the closing of the bridge for April 5, Fowler said.

The bridge will remain closed to pedestrian traffic until Friday, May 28, according to Fowler. This may create some travel issues for pedestrians wanting to cross the I-70 corridor on foot.

According to Glenwood City Engineer Mike McDill, pedestrians wanting to cross on foot will have to use the pedestrian bridge at Two Rivers Park during daylight hours. There will also be bus service transporting people across the river during the evening hours between 6-10 p.m., McDill said.

However, McDill indicated that bus service hours could be extended if the use is higher than anticipated.

“We will start out with that and see how much use it’s getting and evaluate it as we go along,” McDill said. “We could push it to six hours a day if it’s being used a lot.”

The bus route will have a stop on the west side of Grand Avenue at Ninth Street. From there the bus will travel north over the Grand Avenue bridge to a stop near the Hotel Colorado on Sixth and Pine Street. The shuttle will then loop around the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool on North River Road back to Sixth Street, ultimately ending up southbound on the Grand Avenue bridge.

Once it travels south across the bridge again, the shuttle will turn around at 10th Street and drop off and pick up passengers at the Ninth Street stop again.

“It’s a fairly short route, and should provide fairly immediate access for people,” McDill said.

The shuttle service, based on the four-hour daily use, added $30,000 to the project’s $601,000 price tag. However, McDill said that the city is taking every consideration for possible impacts the work may have on local businesses.

“We just don’t want to ignore the possibility that we could be affecting some businesses in that area,” McDill said.

The project’s total costs came in around $631,000, which includes the contract price of $581,000, $20,000 for construction engineering and the $30,000 for shuttle service.

Total costs ran about $67,000 over the amount the city had budgeted. However, additional funds will be covered from other projects that will likely not be completed in 2010, according to a memo from McDill.

The contract was awarded to Flatiron Construction Corp., which has corporate offices in Longmont and Lafayette. The company also has offices in North Carolina, California, Utah, British Columbia, and Alberta, according to the company’s website.

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