Questions about river closures
Question: I heard that the river will be closed for some of the bridge work. When will the closures occur, and how will they be handled?
Answer: Yes, the construction activity at the Grand Avenue bridge will require periodic river closures for overhead work such as setting steel girders and pier construction. The first river closures will occur when the deconstruction of the pedestrian bridge takes place. The pedestrian bridge will be deconstructed in sections and moved up Grand Avenue at night to the high school. This year the city of Glenwood Springs will repurpose the bridge as a new pedestrian connection to Midland Avenue. The bridge deconstruction and relocation is currently scheduled for night work the week of March 7.
Other river closures in 2016 will be in early June and in mid-August/September to work on placing components of the new pedestrian bridge. These closures, as well as some others required in 2017, will be communicated in advance.
The project is conducting a comprehensive outreach plan to get the word out about the closures. This plan includes:
• Informational outreach to rafting companies, fishing guides and general river users.
• Signage at No Name and Grizzly Creek put-ins.
• Communication of specific closure dates and times with the river user community.
• Collaboration with rafting companies and the Forest Service to seek alternative routes or schedules that avoid the bridge during closure periods.
• Placing “river spotters” up and downstream of the bridge to make sure no one accidentally passes under the bridge during the closure periods.
Are you a river user and want to know more about the closures? The contractor is hosting a gathering for all river users this evening, Feb. 29, at the Glenwood Canyon Brew Pub starting at 4:30 p.m. Please come if you are interested and learn more about river impacts, river safety, and upcoming closures.
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