SH 82 Grand Avenue Bridge
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SH 82/Grand Avenue Bridge Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)
The Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the SH 82/Grand Avenue Bridge Environmental Assessment (EA) was finalized in May 2015. The FONSI is the decision document for the EA, and concludes the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. FHWA has determined that the Build Alternative will have no significant impact on the human environment and that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is not required. The FONSI describes the urban design and aesthetic treatments that have been developed with stakeholders and included in the Build Alternative, and identifies the mitigation measures that will be included in the Build Alternative. It clarifies and updates the EA and the Section 106 consultation conducted for the project under the National Historic Preservation Act. The FONSI also provides responses to questions and comments submitted by agencies and the public during the 60-day public comment and review period for the EA. Click here to view or download the FONSI and appendices.
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) conducted 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 - As part of the EA process, the project team evaluated the possibility of refurbishing the existing bridge, replacing the bridge in its current location, or 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 generated ideas, alternatives, alignments and other design elements that might never have been considered. During the study, five public open houses and seven SWG meetings, including the initial visioning workshop, were 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 BRIDGE 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.
CDOT will continue to coordinate with the public and agencies as the project moves into the final design and construction phases, including informing the public and agencies of project progress. We will be working with local and regional organizations and employers to promote a public information campaign prior to and during the construction phase to inform the public about construction detours, timing, etc.
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.
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