Seventh to close under bridge on workdays
January 18, 2016
The Grand Avenue bridge project gets more real each week.
Seventh Street will be temporarily closed in both directions during construction hours for two weeks between Colorado and Cooper avenues, starting today and continuing through Jan. 29 for safety reasons associated with the Grand Avenue bridge project.
The street closure will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Grand Avenue wing street will also be closed to vehicle traffic during the coming two weeks.
The wing street is scheduled to close permanently on March 1.
"This temporary closure is required so that the contractor has safe, controlled access to this area for substructure shoring work, and installation of a temporary storm drain," according to bridge project officials.
Already last week with part of Seventh converted to an eastbound one-way street, traffic clogs were occurring in the early evening.
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Part of the early bridge work is to haul material for construction of a causeway, or construction platform, in the Colorado River. About eight trucks per hour, or roughly 75 trucks per day from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday will be crossing Seventh.
The causeway will be roughly 500 feet long and 50-75 feet wide. It will be made out of rock and will be removed when the project is complete. Cranes, drills and trucks will be staged on the causeway.
Other early impacts of the two-year project to replace the Grand Avenue bridge:
• Parking along the north lane of Seventh from Colorado to Cooper will be closed throughout Phase I and Phase II of the project.
• The sidewalk along the north side of Seventh will be closed between Colorado and the pedestrian bridge throughout Phase I and Phase II. Access to the pedestrian bridge will remain open. Pedestrians should cross Seventh at Cooper.
Bridge project officials want river users' participation in upcoming meetings about temporary river closures this summer. To be added to the project's contact list regarding specific river impacts, email contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org.