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8th St. bridge reopening pushed to Tuesday

The bridge, which serves as a major connection between downtown Glenwood Springs and Midland Avenue, has been closed since Saturday for upgrades related the planned three-month Colorado 82 detour late next year when the final segment of the new Grand Avenue bridge is being built.
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Additional work that will require a full weekend of construction activity has pushed the reopening of the Eighth Street bridge over the Roaring Fork River to Tuesday instead of Monday.

Tom Newland, project public information manager for the Colorado Department of Transportation, said construction crews will add Sunday to their work schedule in effort to complete the bridge deck replacement on Eighth.

The bridge, which serves as a major connection between downtown Glenwood Springs and Midland Avenue, has been closed since Saturday for upgrades related the planned three-month Colorado 82 detour late next year when the final segment of the new Grand Avenue bridge is being built.

Earlier this week, project officials thought the Eighth Street bridge would be reopened by Monday. Paving of the bridge and new street connection into downtown is now scheduled for that day.

At this point, the bridge should be open for traffic on Tuesday, Newland said.

“We’re still within our original time frame, but we ran into a couple of things that will take some extra work to complete,” he said. “We will be working on it as fast as we can to get it done as quickly as possible.”

Meanwhile other construction work related to the larger Grand Avenue bridge project will result in the closure of the Interstate 70 Exit 114 off ramp between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday.

During the various closures, motorists are advised to use I-70 Exit 116 and U.S. 6 as alternate routes. Commuters should also continue to anticipate delays during peak hours from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m.

Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson reported another long backup on Midland Avenue at the 27th Street roundabout Thursday morning during the usual morning rush and school dropoff time.

Wilson advised that anyone traveling through Glenwood Springs on Midland who can adjust their schedule to leave a little earlier or later than the rush time should do so.