Grand Avenue bridge lane closure plan postponed |

Grand Avenue bridge lane closure plan postponed

Grand Avenue bridge project ground zero, as viewed from the roof of the Garfield County Courthouse. Work is progressing to build a rock causeway along the south bank of the Colorado River to use as a construction platform to build the new highway bridge.
Chelsea Self | Post Independent

A plan to close two of the four lanes of traffic on the Grand Avenue bridge to accommodate tree removal as part of the bridge replacement project has been postponed until later in the week.

Project spokesman Tom Newland said the Colorado Department of Transportation wanted to refine the traffic control plan before starting the work, including having wider lanes.

Contractors intend to close one lane of the bridge in each direction between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. for four days while the tree removal work at the north end and below the bridge is being completed.

Newland said the work will now take place sometime between Wednesday and the middle of next week.

“Our goal is to start on Wednesday, but we can’t guarantee that,” he said. “It just depends on getting those approvals.”

Contractors had planned to reduce traffic to two, 12-foot-wide lanes in each direction down the center of the bridge starting Monday while trees are lifted onto flatbed trucks parked in the outside lanes. Newland said CDOT was concerned that wider lane widths will be needed to accommodate any oversize loads.

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