Ped bridge moving operation makes for nighttime drama (with VIDEO)
The first of several segments of the old Grand Avenue pedestrian bridge began making their way through town Tuesday and Wednesday night en route to what will be the bridge’s new home.
Night work continued Wednesday to lift the largest of the bridge segments onto a flatbed trailer waiting on the Grand Avenue/Highway 82 bridge for the journey to a temporary storage area along Coach Miller Driver near Glenwood Springs High School.
The bridge dismantling and moving operation has required a nighttime Interstate 70 detour onto Sixth Street between Exit 116 and the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts.
The city of Glenwood Springs plans to reassemble the pedestrian bridge across the Roaring Fork River, connecting Midland Avenue to the central part of town for foot and bicycle traffic. The bridge relocation is on track to be completed by the end of this year.
Bridge moving operations are to continue tonight between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Friday, as the final pieces of the bridge are taken up South Midland Avenue to be stored near the Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport.
Highway 82 over the Grand Avenue bridge between Sixth and Eighth streets will again be periodically closed after 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. Friday.
Grand Avenue, Midland Avenue and Coach Miller Drive will also continue to have rolling closures with a police escort.
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