Grand Avenue Bridge steel girder operations begin this week

August 29, 2017 - Northwestern Colorado/CDOT Region 3 - RECREATIONAL USE ADVISORY: Colorado River Closed - Thursday, Aug. 31 through Sunday, Sept. 10

GARFIELD COUNTY/GLENWOOD SPRINGS –Crews plan to begin the next phase of safety critical overhead work with the setting of nine steel girders on the vehicular bridge beginning Thursday, Aug. 31 and anticipate that all nine girders will be set by Sunday, Sept. 10.

“Crews have formed concrete piers over the last few weeks, said Tom Newland, CDOT Project Public Information Manager. “Once the concrete is cured, girders will be placed on the remaining section over the Colorado River and Union Pacific Railroad. This work is weather and wind dependent, which creates a dynamic schedule.”

Glenwood Springs Colorado River Put-ins and I-70 Rest Area Closures

Thursday, Aug. 31 to Sunday, Sept. 10, Shoshone (Exit 123) and Grizzly Creek (Exit 121) put-ins and rest areas will be closed. These closures are round-the-clock until work over the Colorado River is complete. The rest areas at Exit 129 (Bair Ranch) and Exit 121 (No Name) will be open during this time. This is necessary to protect river users from safety critical overhead work associated with steel girder erection over the Colorado River.

Permitted commercial companies with vehicle permits will be authorized to run triples from Shoshone to Grizzly Creek during this time.

When crews are not working overhead, the Colorado River will be open. The GAB public information team will continue to send email notifications, host a daily 3 p.m. conference call and update the GAB Facebook and hotline voicemail with a daily river status.


I-70 Exit 116 Eastbound On-ramp 15-minute Holds

Thursday, Aug. 31 through Sunday, Sept. 10, anticipate 15-minute intermittent holds at the I-70 Exit 116 eastbound on-ramp. The I-70 Exit 114 eastbound on-ramp will be open during this time. Crews will be staging girders and cranes in the area to complete overhead work.

I-70 Intermittent 15-minute Holds

Thursday, Aug. 31 through Sunday, Sept. 10, anticipate 15-minute intermittent holds (day and night) on both eastbound and westbound I-70 approaching Exit 116. Crews will be staging steel girders on the interstate and picking the girders with cranes to set for the new traffic bridge.

A Note to Visitors

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Project Contact Information

Hotline Call or Text: 970-618-9897

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