Glenwood Springs bridge work will cause brief I-70 closures starting Aug. 31 |

Glenwood Springs bridge work will cause brief I-70 closures starting Aug. 31

Daily staff report
Traffic backs up to Canyon Creek at Mile Marker 109 in the early morning rush hour headed into Glenwood earlier this week because of the Grand Avenue Bridge detour.
Chelsea Self / Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Crews will begin the next phase of critical overhead safety work with the setting of nine steel girders on the Grand Avenue Bridge in Glenwood Springs over the Colorado River beginning Aug. 31 and anticipate that all nine girders will be set by Sept. 10.

From Aug. 31 to Sept. 10, Shoshone (Exit 123) and Grizzly Creek (Exit 121) river put-ins and rest areas along Interstate 70 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 critical overhead work associated with steel girder erection over the Colorado River.

Permitted commercial companies will be authorized to run raft trips from Shoshone to Grizzly Creek during this time.

When crews are not working overhead, the Colorado River will be open.

Also from Aug. 31 to 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.

During this period, anticipate 15-minute intermittent stops (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.

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