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Bridge Answer Man column: Here’s water under the bridge so far

Tom Newland

Glenwood's new downtown pedestrian bridge takes shape.
Colorado Department of Transportation |

For most, today is the first work day with the Eighth Street bridge closed, and the Grand Avenue bridge team expects that your commute probably will be longer than usual and possibly a little frustrating.

However, let us be the first to share our appreciation for your continued patience. The construction team will be putting the final touches to the roadway that we hope will make commuting easier with a direct connection to Midland and Grand Avenue via the new Eighth Street connection.

Despite all of this, we felt it was fitting to take a pause, blow off some steam and celebrate where we stand to date. The community at large has helped to keep the momentum moving toward success.

The Grand Avenue bridge project is more than 30 percent complete, as we are in the last stretch of month 10 in this 30-month project. The light at the end of the tunnel is getting bigger every day. Let me roll back the time to see how far we’ve come. Here are a few significant occasions that mark the successful progression of the new Grand Avenue Bridge and pedestrian bridge:

• Opening the pedestrian walkway and removing and relocating the original pedestrian bridge.

• Causeway construction and wirewall construction on the Colorado River.

• Deep foundation work for both the traffic and pedestrian bridge.

• Pier construction and concrete pours.

• Construction of the north vehicle bridge abutment.

• Erection of 14 steel girders for the pedestrian bridge.

• Building the pedestrian tunnel.

• Extensive utility project is almost complete.

It has been an exciting time for the project team, and we want to thank the subcontractors who’ve worked side by side with us, putting in long hours to make it to where we are now. This includes local companies like Gould Construction, United Companies, Grand River Construction, SGM, S2M, Pioneer Steel and Your Way Traffic Control. But most importantly, we want to thank the Glenwood Springs community for its support and understanding during this long and complex project.

To show our gratitude, we want to invite you to celebrate with us. The Granite/RLW Joint Venture corporate office will be cooking Utah Grade A steaks served with slaw and snacks from our local restaurants at noon on Friday, Oct. 14, on Seventh Street. Please join us.


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