What you need to know about river closures
Today marks the first day of Colorado River closures since the deconstruction of the old pedestrian bridge in March. Colorado River users can expect put-in launch delays from 4 a.m. until noon beginning today through Friday. These closures depend on weather and wind and as such could continue into the following week.
The construction crews will work to set four 2- to 3-ton steel girders spanning from 68 to 80 feet across the Colorado River. If you followed the I-70 span girders last week, this process is the same. The contractor will use cranes to lift the girders and place them on the pedestrian bridge piers. The cranes will be mobilized on the north wire wall and south causeway to pick these large steel girders for the erection process.
It is crucial that Colorado River recreation be delayed for safety critical overhead work. The public information team created this action plan in order to be proactive in protecting the public and construction crews from potential hazards during the steel girder erection process.
For the public’s safety, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the White River National Forest will close the Shoshone, Grizzly Creek and No Name put-ins this week from 4 a.m. to noon. The Grizzly Creek and Shoshone rest areas will also be closed from midnight to noon. At noon, the put-ins will open for public use, and our communication team will be on call to aid in any questions or concerns. Flaggers will also be at the put-in areas to manage the sites.
The contractor is on schedule for the Monday river closure; however, this process is dynamic. If winds are 15 mph or greater, all work will be halted until the following day.
Daily phone conference briefings will continue throughout the girder erection project. Anyone can call in at 3 p.m. to listen to river and project updates. The Colorado River conference call number is 218-339-7800 Access Code: 2300335. This closure is part of several anticipated closures, with the next closure period anticipated in August. In the fall of 2017, CDOT will close the river to demolish the old Grand Avenue bridge and erect the new one.
Remember to know before you go and stay river right approaching the Grand Avenue bridge.
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