Night detour starts Monday on Glenwood Springs bridge work |

Night detour starts Monday on Glenwood Springs bridge work

Daily staff report

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The Colorado Department of Transportation has announced a coming traffic detour and Colorado River recreational use restrictions required for the placement of the steel girders for the new pedestrian bridge over the river. These detours and use restrictions are necessary to ensure the safety of interstate and river users during crane operations required to place the girders over Interstate 70 and the Colorado River.

On Monday at 8 p.m., all I-70 traffic will be detoured onto east Sixth Street. Both eastbound and westbound traffic will merge into a one-lane configuration and will be detoured through Sixth Street in Glenwood Springs via a break in the construction barrier on I-70 near Yampah Vapor Caves. The I-70 night detour will be in place for three nights: Monday through Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

“The detour is necessary for safety critical overhead work as the contractor installs the steel girders for the pedestrian bridge over I-70,” explains, Tom Newland, project public information manager.

The Grand Avenue Bridge will also be closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday. The closure of the bridge is necessary for utility work. Motorists should use 8th Street to Midland to Exit 114 and U.S. Highway 6 to access I-70.

“The girder span over the Colorado River requires us to close the river to all recreational use at the Grand Avenue Bridge,” project public information manager Tom Newland said. “The crane operators will be working from 4 a.m. to noon. Once they are finished, the Shoshone, Grizzly Creek, and No Name put-ins will be opened to the public.”

Launch point closures

Beginning July 18 through July 22 from 4 a.m. to noon, all launching points along the Colorado River will be closed including Shoshone, Grizzly Creek, No Name and other downriver put-ins along the Glenwood Canyon and Glenwood Springs area. The Hanging Lake and Bair Ranch rest areas will remain open.

“We understand the impact to river users during peak rafting months. Because of this we are mobilizing construction crews to start early to allow commercial rafting companies and the public to get back out on the river as soon as possible,” Newland said.

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