Pedestrian detours are needed for bridge work |

Pedestrian detours are needed for bridge work

Pedestrians on the north side of the Colorado River wanting to cross to downtown Glenwood Springs during the day will need to make a detour the next two weeks.

Grand Avenue bridge project officials said Tuesday that the north sidewalk on the pedestrian bridge is closed during daytime work hours, and pedestrians will be routed to the north pedestrian underpass and crosswalk at Sixth and Laurel.

Crews are working to put in place a temporary pedestrian bridge that will be attached to the traffic bridge for much of the two-year project. Ultimately, a new pedestrian bridge will be erected as part of the $126 million project.

Within the next week, the pedestrian catwalk and metal ramp on the south side of the river will close.

Pedestrians will be routed to the stairs on the north side of Seventh Street to access the pedestrian bridge. The catwalk from the current metal ramp to the larger pedestrian bridge will be removed. The removal of the catwalk, which will be done at night, is necessary to complete the cantilevered temporary pedestrian walkway by the March 1 contracted deadline.

If pedestrians are mobility and/or visually impaired, they may call Valley Taxi 970-945-4111 for a free ride across the bridge. This service is limited to mobility and/or visually impaired pedestrians.

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