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Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

The Colorado River will be closed to traffic under the old SH 131 bridge at Wolcott from Aug. 14-28 for the demolition of the old bridge.The closure is the final phase of the construction of the new SH 131 bridge at Wolcott, which was opened for traffic on May 3.Though CDOT spokesman Nancy Shanks said there was little to no danger of debris falling from the structure and hitting river runners, she stressed that the prohibition is quite serious and is being put in place for safety’s sake.”I don’t think there’s going to be any danger of things falling, but certainly if you’re rafting down the river, you don’t want to get hung up on anything (work crews) left behind,” Shanks said.The majority of the demolition work will take place at night in order to minimize impact on both road and river traffic. A sign notifying river runners of the closure will be placed upstream of a large public put-in before the bridge.

The right, eastbound lane of Interstate 70 in Glenwood Canyon will remain closed until late August or early September as work continues on repairing concrete expansion joints on each end of a bridge at mile marker 121.3 near Grizzly Creek.After a loose joint was discovered, Colorado Department of Transportation crews placed steel plates across the left, inside lane to allow continued travel. Eastbound travel will be impacted 24 hours a day until repairs are completed.Further updates of traffic impacts and project duration will be provided as work progresses. Motorists are urged to slow down and drive with caution near and through the work zone to avoid rear-end accidents.

The Spring Board Advised Fund of Aspen Community Foundation has announced its 2006 grant awards recipients of the Roaring Fork Valley. Six area nonprofit organizations will receive grants for their youth projects. Organizations include: YouthZone Project TITAN ($4,500); Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program ($3,000); Maroon Corps ($2,500); Tomorrow’s Voices ($3,500); Aspen Middle School Service Learning Project ($1,000); Rocky Mountain Student Filmfest ($500). A total of $15,000 was disbursed between the six organizations. These organizations focus on the development of youths and young adults to encourage them to be involved in the community and to be leaders for following generations. For more information on Spring Board or the grant recipients contact Jennifer Lamb at (970) 544-0522, or e-mail springboard.granting @gmail.com.

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