No traffic impacts from Glenwood Springs bridge closure reported in Aspen area
Aspen area law enforcement officials said traffic in the area was normal Monday after the closure of the Grand Avenue Bridge in Glenwood Springs.
Sgt. Rick Magnuson of the Aspen Police Department said city officers observed no impacts from the closure and responded to no incidents related to it. In fact, one officer coming upvalley to work thought traffic was lighter than usual, he said.
Michael Buglione, a supervisor with the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, said deputies experienced much the same thing.
Deputies responded to a call on Independence Pass near the Grottos that initially came in as a “jackknifed semi,” according to Buglione and the police radio. However, it turned out to be a car pulling a trailer with a driver who was nervous about negotiating the narrow portions of the road, he said.
No other semi-trucks were reported Monday on the pass, Buglione said.
The Grand Avenue Bridge will be closed until Thanksgiving while it is replaced by a new bridge.
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