Work proceeds on temporary walkway over Colorado River |

Work proceeds on temporary walkway over Colorado River

Daytime traffic over the Grand Avenue bridge will be reduced to two lanes for about the next three weeks while a temporary bridge is built next to the vehicle bridge.
Randy Essex / Post Independent |

The Grand Avenue bridge will continue to have daytime lane reductions, with traffic limited to one lane in each direction from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. most weekdays.

Crews are installing steel bracket beams on the east side of the traffic bridge. The bracket beams will support a temporary walkway. The walkway, estimated to be completed by March 1, will be 5 feet wide with a deck made of metal planking.

The walkway will be attached to the current pedestrian ramp on the south side of the bridge and land near Sixth Street on the north end. The walkway will have a pedestrian handrail, chain link fencing and, in some areas, a splash screen to protect walkers from traffic splatter.

Once the temporary walkway is complete, all pedestrian traffic will be routed to it to cross the Colorado River. The walkway will be in place until the new pedestrian bridge is complete.

Also this week:

• Seventh Street will be closed from Colorado Avenue to Cooper Avenue. The contractor is using heavy equipment in the area. The pedestrian sidewalk on the south side of the street is open, along with the north side between Cooper and the pedestrian bridge.

• As soon as Feb. 20, Interstate 70 will face periodic nighttime closures. Potential dates are Feb. 20, 21, 22 and 23. The bridge project communication team promises to provide more details when they are available. Eastbound I-70 at exit 116 remains reduced to one lane of traffic. The speed limit is 40 mph in this area.

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