Road, bridge work in full swing in Glenwood Springs |

Road, bridge work in full swing in Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Photo courtesy of Steven P. VanderleestThe new pedestrian bridge at Two Rivers Park was moved onto the Devereux Bridge near Two Rivers Park this afternoon in preparation for setting into place tomorrow night.

Devereux Road over Interstate 70 near Two Rivers Park will be closed through 6:30 a.m. Thursday, April 8. The closure is to accommodate placement of the new pedestrian bridge over Interstate 70, parallel to Devereux Road.

I-70 between the Glenwood Springs Exit 116 and the West Glenwood exit will also be closed during the evening hours of April 6-7, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. A detour will be established on Highway 6 to accommodate crews who are placing the new Devereux Road Pedestrian Bridge.

The project is being paid for in part through two Transportation Enhancement grants, totaling $300,000, which the city received in 2005 and 2008. In 2009, the city received another $300,000 Transportation Enhancement grant and $50,000 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) through the Colorado Department of Transportation.

City Council approved an intergovernmental agreement combining all the grants into one agreement in May 2009 to pay for the pedestrian bridge that will give West Glenwood residents direct access to Two Rivers Park.

The project cost of $1.2 million came in much lower than the city estimated in 2009 of about $1.9 million. However, that estimate was still much lower than the initial $2.3 million to complete the project.

From April 5 to May 28 the pedestrian bridge going alongside Grand Avenue will be closed for repairs. Walkers and bikers can take an alternative route through Two Rivers Park. White dash lines have been spray-painted on this alternative route to assist pedestrians. Additionally the city of Glenwood will be running a free pedestrian bridge shuttle bus from 4-10 p.m. going through downtown.

This shuttle will have stops at the Hot Springs Pool, Sixth, Ninth, 11th, Seventh and Wing Street, and the Hotel Colorado. This free shuttle service will run every 15 minutes and will be provided by a clearly marked pedestrian bridge bus.

Crews continue to work on the curb, gutter, drainage and sidewalk work along the east side of Grand Avenue this week. Weather delayed the installation of the sidewalk and other features last week, but this Phase I portion of the GAPP II phase II project is still on schedule to be complete by April 21, according to the project spokesman Tom Newland.

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