Schedule of utility work this summer |

Schedule of utility work this summer

Tom Newland

Q: What is the status of the utility project downtown along Seventh Street and Grand Avenue?

A coordinated team of engineers, project managers, installers, testers and site managers has been working together to manage the installation and upgrade of city utilities. These utilities are needed to support future infrastructure needs as well as the Grand Avenue bridge project.

The entire utility project will culminate this summer with the construction of the Seventh Street Station building. The Seventh Street Station is where the pedestrian bridge and downtown meet. Being constructed first underneath the station is a large vault where all the utilities end.

The Seventh Street Station is anticipated to be complete next winter. Utilities will then be pulled through the pipes being placed under the deck of the pedestrian bridge and connected to new and existing utilities in north Glenwood near Sixth Street. Work on storm drainage will continue along Sixth Street, with night work anticipated in this high-traffic area.

This utility project has been no small feat due to proximity to local businesses and working within the constraints of older buildings and infrastructure. The city of Glenwood Springs identified an opportunity for building owners to upgrade their water lines during the construction of the new water line for the bridge. Gould Construction and the city have been coordinating with building owners to extend the water line into the buildings — this allows for improved services in the future as businesses expand.

Once the project is complete, this area will be equipped with a new water line, new storm sewer line, and new fiber optic and copper lines for cable television and Internet. New electrical lines will also be installed for bridge lighting.

Schedule update:

• Eighth to Cooper water line tie-in – first or second week of June.

• Install asphalt along the disturbed areas under the bridge as a temporary surface for pedestrians – June.

• Install utilities along Seventh Street from Grind to Seventh Street Station – late June into August.

• Build Seventh Street Station utility vault – June and July.

• Downtown utility project complete – September.

Pedestrian access to all businesses will be open and maintained during the temporary disturbance this work creates. Please continue to come down, walk around and enjoy what downtown Glenwood has to offer. Your local downtown businesses certainly appreciate it.

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