Glenwood 8th Street connection to open Friday |

Glenwood 8th Street connection to open Friday

A view across the new Eighth Street connection to the bridge crossing the Roaring Fork River to Midland Avenue.
Chelsea Self / Post Independent |

The new Eighth Street connection creating a direct link between Midland Avenue and Grand Avenue in downtown Glenwood Springs is scheduled to open sometime Friday afternoon.

The street connection was built by the Colorado Department of Transportation and will eventually serve as part of the Colorado 82 detour late next year when the final segment of the Grand Avenue bridge is being built.

In the meantime, it will provide a new, more direct link across the Roaring Fork River and should help ease traffic during the ongoing Grand Avenue bridge construction.

With the new access corridor, CDOT also reminds pedestrians in the downtown area to use crosswalks for safety.

“With the new traffic patterns, it is imperative that pedestrians use designated crosswalks instead of jaywalking in the middle of a street,” CDOT’s Grand Avenue bridge project officials emphasized in a news release.

In particular, the areas in front of Glenwood Springs City Hall, the Garfield County Courthouse, county administration building and the county jail are a big concern, project officials said.

Motorists are reminded to be aware of the presence of pedestrians in these areas, and CDOT offers a few tips for pedestrians as well, including:

• Always stop at marked crosswalks.

• Stop at the edge of the street and look left-right-left for approaching traffic. Don’t forget to look for turning vehicles.

• If a vehicle approaches, make eye contact with the driver before crossing.

• Look before walking past stopped vehicles.

CDOT notes that, in 2015, there were 1,330 pedestrian crashes and 59 pedestrian fatalities in Colorado, and 72 percent of those crashes occurred at non-intersections.

Coming up in mid-November, the section of Seventh Street from the new right-angle intersection at Eighth Street will be closed in order for crews to complete curb and gutter installation and widen sidewalks in the area, the bridge project team also said.

During this closure, the Eighth Street detour will be open and pedestrian access, as well as local vehicle access to Farnum Holt Funeral Home, will be maintained.

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