Glenwood’s 14th Street pedestrian bridge opens Thursday
Pedestrians and bicyclists will officially have a new way to cross the Roaring Fork River in the middle part of Glenwood Springs on Thursday when the city plans to open the new 14th Street pedestrian bridge.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for 1 p.m. Thursday, and will include representatives from the Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District. The city received a $350,000 FMLD grant to help complete the project.
The city suggests that use of the footbridge be limited to daytime hours initially, until lighting is installed on the bridge and along the new pathway that crosses the open space area below Glenwood Springs High School.
The bridge will provide a key connection for residents of neighborhoods on either side of the river, especially during the upcoming Grand Avenue Bridge detour that will start in August, and beyond, according to a city news release.
In addition to lighting, the city is also putting in landscaping along the path and on either side of the bridge. The project is expected to be completed by late spring or early summer.
Parking in the area is limited, so attendees are asked to park along Pitkin Avenue on the east side of the pedestrian bridge to access the site. Foot access will be available from the Midland Avenue side as well.
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