SH 82 Grand Avenue Bridge

Grand Avenue Bridge

Presentations and summaries of recent meetings to discuss initial options for urban design/aesthetics and landscape. Issue Task Force materials are here. Stakeholder Working Group Workshop summaries materials are here.

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SH 82/Grand Avenue Bridge Environmental Assessment (EA)

The SH 82/Grand Avenue Bridge Environmental Assessment (EA) was finalized in October 2014, and was made available for a 60-day public review and comment period from October 31, 2014 to December 31, 2014.  Thanks to everyone who reviewed the EA and provided comments. Although the formal review period for the EA has concluded, the EA and related technical documents will remain available for viewing on this website. Click here to view or download the EA and related documents.

Public Hearing was held on November 19, 2014

Thanks to everyone who attended the November 19, 2014 public hearing for the SH 82/Grand Avenue Bridge Environmental Assessment. Click here for more information.

Grand Avenue Bridge Environmental Assessment Overview

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are conducting an Environmental Assessment (EA) process to address functional, structural and safety deficiencies of the SH 82 Grand Avenue Bridge in Glenwood Springs and to bring it up to current standards for a four-lane bridge.

HISTORY - The Grand Avenue Bridge EA began in April 2011 when CDOT worked with community representatives to form a Project Leadership Team (PLT) to guide the EA process and ensure that the project followed the principals of context sensitive solutions (CSS) and federal EA requirements. A consulting team was hired in August 2011 to support CDOT in identifying the project purpose and need and goals, and in developing and evaluating alternative solutions through the EA process. A Project Working Group (PWG) was formed to review and approve key technical evaluations and decisions. In keeping with CDOT’s commitment to a context sensitive approach to projects statewide, community stakeholders were actively involved in defining the context statement and critical success factors for the project in a two-day visioning workshop. They continued to play an integral role as the Stakeholder Working Group (SWG).

PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT - Over the last two years, the project team has evaluated the possibility of refurbishing the existing bridge, replacing the bridge in its current location, and replacing the bridge on different alignments. These options were considered in light of the criteria developed with the PLT, the PWG, the SWG and the public. Numerous public involvement and outreach activities have generated ideas, alternatives, alignments and other design elements that might never have been considered. To date, five public open houses and seven SWG meetings, including the initial visioning workshop, have been held. Participants helped shape the alternatives and recommendations to align more closely with community values. The result is a project that reflects the unique character, history and setting of the Grand Avenue Bridge over the Colorado River and I-70 in Glenwood Springs.

RECOMMENDED ALIGNMENT - The recommended bridge alignment takes vehicles from I-70 Exit 116 directly across the river into downtown Glenwood Springs and to destinations south on SH 82. 6th Street no longer carries SH 82 traffic, and a reconfigured intersection at 6th and Laurel maintains connections to the hotel areas and neighborhoods on the north side of the river. Coordination with the City of Glenwood Springs and the Downtown Development Authority has focused on opportunities to redevelop 6th Street and the area under the Grand Avenue Bridge south of 7th Street to a more pedestrian scale. The recommended alignment and how to best build it led to discussions about replacing the pedestrian bridge. The project team, in collaboration with the PLT, PWG, SWG, and the public, determined that a new pedestrian bridge improves the pedestrian and bicyclist connection across the river and provides opportunities for aesthetic treatments that reflect the historic character of Glenwood Springs. It also reduces overall project costs and improves construction phasing to minimize the duration of a full closure of SH 82 while reconstructing the highway bridge.


The Study team is compiling and evaluating all comments received on the EA during the formal review and comment period (October 31 through December 31, 2014).  A decision document will be prepared that will complete the EA process. At the same time, the project team continues to work with stakeholders on aesthetic and other details in the design phase. CDOT also hired a construction consultant that is working with the project team to minimize construction impacts and develop a cost-effective design that meets the project objectives.

SH 82 Timeline

FUNDING - The bridge is eligible for funding under the Colorado Bridge Enterprise (CBE) as a part Senate Bill 09-108, also known as FASTER (Funding Advancements for Surface Treatment and Economic Recovery). The purpose of the CBE is to complete designated bridge projects that involve the financing, repair, reconstruction and replacement of bridges designated as structurally deficient or functionally obsolete, and rated “poor” by CDOT. CBE will primarily fund improvements to or replacement of the Grand Avenue Bridge and elements needed for the optimal function of the bridge.

MORE INFORMATION - Additional information can be found on this site. Answers to frequently asked questions are available in the project FAQs and in the news releases developed for the project.

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