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Canyon closure, pedestrian bridge dismantling on Tuesday

Mar 7, 2016

Looking north up the old pedestrian bridge, which is scheduled to be dismantled this week.
Credit Elise Thatcher

  Traffic will likely be affected dramatically today. Crews are working in Glenwood Canyon and taking down the Grand Avenue pedestrian bridge.

Glenwood Canyon will be closed today, Tuesday, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., between Glenwood Springs and the Dotsero exit further east. The 18.5 mile section of Interstate 70 will be out of commission as the Colorado Department of Transportation continues to fix rockfall damage and prevent new slides from happening. Helicopters will be in use, requiring I-70 to be closed. Local traffic will still be able to get to the No Name and Bair Ranch exits.

Tonight in Glenwood Springs, workers will be removing chunks of the pedestrian bridge across the Colorado River. Parking and traffic will be affected in the downtown area, with occasional closures on Highway 82 and on Midland Avenue. An 80-foot stretch of the old pedestrian bridge will be detached and transported up Midland Avenue to a storage spot. It’s expected to be repurposed by the city of Glenwood Springs.

While work is being done to remove the pedestrian bridge, the Colorado River is closed to recreation in the Grand Avenue Bridge area. CDOT is asking boaters to not use the river between Grizzly Creek and Two Rivers Park. Night work to remove all of the bridge will continue on Wednesday and Thursday.