Construction contractors call-in conference to address Grand Avenue Bridge impacts | PostIndependent.com

Construction contractors call-in conference to address Grand Avenue Bridge impacts

The Colorado Department of Transportation and the Grand Avenue Bridge project team extend an invitation for all Roaring Fork Valley construction contractors and project managers to participate in a call-in Friday morning to discuss traffic impacts during the upcoming bridge closure and detour.

The phone-in conference call takes place at 10 a.m. Friday. The main topic of discussion will be the detour that is scheduled to begin at midnight on Aug. 14 and extend for 95 days, during which Colorado 82 as well as local traffic will have to take the Midland Avenue and Eighth Street detour to get through Glenwood.

While the detour is in place, bridge project officials aim to reduce Colorado 82/Grand Avenue traffic by 25 percent, especially during peak commuter hours.

“The GAB traffic detour will directly impact operational and logistical aspects of regional construction activity, so planning ahead and being aware of the impacts is critical for everyone working on projects south of the detour,” Tom Newland, CDOT public information manager, said in a news release announcing the phone conference.

While difficult to reduce traffic related to upvalley construction work, because of the need to get workers, equipment and materials to construction sites, the goal of the call-in conference is to help contractors assess their needs, plan ahead and take action in preparation for the August bridge closure, Newland said.

Without a concerted effort to reduce traffic during that time, Newland said motorists and commercial vehicles will likely face lengthy delays getting through the Glenwood Springs area.

The meeting is open to the public. To participate, call 218-339-7800 and enter the access code #230 0335.


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