Work continues on Glenwood’s Grand Ave. pedestrian bridge
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The Grand Avenue pedestrian bridge work – replacement of the existing concrete deck – is a couple of days behind schedule due to inclement weather.
However, Glenwood Springs City Engineer Mike McDill said Flatiron Constructors Inc. crews should be able to make up the time as long as the weather cooperates.
“They felt they could catch up with some good weather,” he said.
The bridge has been closed since April 5 and will remain closed until May 28. Despite the minor setback, it is still on schedule to be open by Memorial Day, McDill said, even if the entire project is not completed.
“All the work may not be done by then,” he said. “But the bridge will be open to pedestrians.”
McDill said that since the closure began, there have been a couple of instances of people walking in the traffic lanes on Grand Avenue to cross the river. Signs have been placed to discourage pedestrians from doing so.
“I’m hopeful that we’ve deterred people from that idea,” McDill said.
The alternate route for pedestrians to cross the Colorado River is the pedestrian bridge at Two Rivers Park.
The city of Glenwood Springs is also providing shuttle service every 15 minutes to transport people across the river. The free Ride Glenwood shuttle runs from 4-10 p.m. daily.
McDill said the buses were reporting about 50-60 passengers per day, but he expects those numbers to pick up through May.
A change order has been issued by the city to allow installation of a main feeder pipe that will hang under the bridge, according to McDill.
The feeder pipe will connect to each of the pre-cast concrete slabs, which have hollow tubing installed for a potential geothermal adaptation. Having the feeder tube in place will reduce additional work.
“If we do get something worked out to get a geothermal project for the bridge going, we won’t have to go back and put that pipe in place,” McDill said.
The proposed geothermal project is designed to have water from the Hot Springs Pool pumped through the bridge core as a process to melt snow and ice during winter months. The project, however, has not yet been approved.
For additional information about the Grand Avenue pedestrian bridge project, including photos and shuttle schedule and routes, please visit http://www.grandavebridge.com. For questions call (970) 945-4545.
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