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RFTA preps for next year’s bridge detour

QUESTION: How are local entities preparing to adapt and contribute in anticipation of the 95-day traffic bridge detour?

As the Grand Avenue bridge project gains headway — we just successfully erected the final pedestrian bridge girders — decreasing motorist traffic begins to occupy our planning process.

About this time next year, the bridge team will prepare for construction of the new vehicle bridge. This means implementing a 95-day traffic detour, and the community’s help in decreasing traffic by 20 percent. Part of our strategy in reaching this goal is leaning on our regional commuter transportation provider.

Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, which operates the Ride Glenwood Springs shuttle, in partnership with Colorado Department of Transportation, is working hard in anticipation for the 2017 bridge detour. Park and ride improvements will offer safe, flexible and efficient options for travelers with upgrades and a new stop for the regional system. These changes will allow for more parking and a bus turnaround area at the West Glenwood location and the recently added New Castle location.

Graham Riddile, CDOT project engineer, explained that the new bus turnaround allows a safer way for travelers to get on and off the bus. It also creates a more efficient traffic flow during the detour, especially for the West Glenwood stop, which is located directly off of Midland Avenue. In addition to these upgrades, the West Glenwood Park and Ride is expanding with trail connections to the Wulfsohn Trail and West Glenwood Trail.

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Users will see 32 new parking spaces at the new West Glenwood Park and Ride, a new unisex restroom, the new turnaround area and improvements to the Bustang pick-up. Renovations are anticipated to wrap up around the end of August, and construction costs are about $1.5 million, with $642,000 of federal transportation grant funding.

New Castle residents have noticed the new park and ride stop coming along. Off of U.S. Highway 6 near City Market, this new stop in the regional system will accommodate 62 parking spaces. Construction costs reach just under $620,000 with the aid of $200,000 in Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District grant money.

During the traffic detour, RFTA buses will shuttle passengers every 30 minutes from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. from the West Glenwood location to the north side of the pedestrian bridge on Sixth Street.

Additionally, travelers will be able to easily connect to the regional bus stop at the 27th Street Roaring Fork Marketplace stop from the West Glenwood Park and Ride. This service will run every 15 minutes from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

For more information about RFTA and Park and Ride or to find more locations visit rfta.com/how-to/park-ride/.

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