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We are currently awaiting a final baseline schedule from the contractor. Because much of the timeline depends on weather and delivery times, the schedule will likely fluctuate throughout the project, but we will advertise and publish any significant closures or delays ahead of time so that the public can plan for them. Generically, the timeline looks like this:
Winter-Spring 2019: Begin soil nail walls for abutment
Summer 2019: Pedestrian bridge set
Late Summer 2019: Traffic Bridge closure and installation of new bridge
Late Summer - Fall 2019: Pier removal from Roaring Fork
Fall 2019: Aesthetic applications, landscaping
Winter 2019: Substantial completion
As with any construction there will be delays. People want to see what is going on in the area, it is a neat project and people may slow to look at the project. In order to reduce these delays, the City is asking that drivers stay off their phones, pay attention to the signage, and follow the direction of our personnel who are on site directing traffic.
At this time, the City anticipates these closures and delays:
The City intends to limit river closures with adequate notification. Most full closures will take place overnight, excluding the full closure for the bridge replacement. Temporary holds may be necessary during critical overhead work and during the in-water dates (August 15 – October 15) when the piers are being removed from the river. Please reach out to City staff with any concerns. The City intends to keep full contact with the River Users during this project and hope to minimize our impacts.
The City has received a large amount of grant funding for the 27th Street Bridge that must be used in a specific time frame so that money is not lost. Also, the 27th Street Bridge is rated as the worst rated bridge in Colorado. Even though this is not currently a safety concern, this bridge is a critical connection and it is in a condition that does not allow the City to wait until South Bridge is completed.
One reason that the South Bridge project isn’t underway yet is because of the project’s cost. Prior to a recent agreement with RFTA regarding the intersection at Highway 82 – the cost was in the $60 million -$65 million range. With the agreement in place, the project’s cost has been reduced to the $47 million -$50 million range. The City has bonding capacity remaining from the voter approved bonding measure for A&I sales tax and is applying for grants to help fund the remaining amount of the project. The City is working to finalize the Environmental Assessment for the South Bridge Project and has begun the right-of-way acquisition.
2016 counts included in the 2017 Traffic Analysis show the average daily traffic amounted to 13,360 vehicles. In recent counts, the City estimates that more than 14,000 vehicles a day use the 27th Street Bridge. To give further perspective, Highway 82 near Wal-Mart facilitates 23,000 to 28,000 vehicles per day.
Let’s break this down for full project transparency:
Contract with Wood: $1,202,854
FHWA Off-System Bridge Grant: $620,828
Total Cost to the City: $582,026
For the completion of the bridge design.
Right of Way Acquisition (Completed):
Total Spent: $57,100.66
For the acquisition of Right of Way, permanent easements for utilities, and temporary easements during construction.
Design Services during Construction (Under Contract):
Contract with Wood: $162,420
For answering Requests for Information (RFI) and design support during construction.
Construction Management (Under Contract):
Contract with HDR: $1,249,996.10
Department of Local Affairs Grant: $475,000.00
Total Cost to the City: $774,996.10
For project inspection, management of CDOT paperwork, and contractor management.
Construction Contract (Under Contract):
Contract with Ralph L. Wadsworth: $9,835,123.35
FHWA Off-System Bridge Grant: $1,616,132.00
Federal Mineral Lease District Grant: $500,000.00
Department of Local Affairs Grant: $475,000.00
Total Cost to the City: $7,243,991.35
A support designed to sustain vertical load. In this instance, the existing bridge has two piers in the Roaring Fork River, near the bank in order to help support the bridge girders and deck. The new bridge will be a single span from abutment to abutment, removing any obstruction in the water.
A structure built to support the lateral load of a span (bridge) at the ends of the bridge. With the limited space we have to construct, the abutments for the new, single span bridge, are being constructed in place in front of the existing bridge abutments with a combination of soil nails and micropiles. This allows the existing bridge to remain functional through most of the construction.
A micropile is a small diameter drilled and grouted pile used to reinforce a foundation. In many instances micropiles are used in this area to gain friction for the stabilization of a foundation when bedrock cannot be reached. The project will use micropiles for the new bridge because a pile machine is quite large. If there were used, they City would not be able to construct the new bridge in place while keeping the existing bridge open. This also makes the construction footprint much smaller with less impacts. Recently the City used these on the Midland Avenue Pedestrian Bridge and the 14th Street Pedestrian Bridge.
A soil nail is a type of slope reinforcement. It allows steeper slopes by installing reinforcing bars that are drilled into the ground face and a concrete (shotcrete) installed to stabilize the soil. In this instance, the soil nail wall will be installed behind the abutment face to remove the lateral load on the abutment and allow for the installation of micropiles to support the bridge rather than full piles. Recently, the City has seen this application at the new Lofts development, 6th Street Station Development, and the teacher housing at Cardiff Mesa.
The Enhanced 7th Street Project extends from the west side of thepocket park adjacent to Slope and Hatch to Cooper Avenue. The enhanced 7th Street will realign the roadway, widen the pedestrian areas next to the businesses to provide more room for outdoor dining and enjoyment, and raise the sunken plaza area on the north side of the street. This City project, which is being worked on collaboratively with the Downtown Development Authority, will benefit the community by creating a destination pedestrian environment, providing space for community events, supporting four seasons of commercial activity, preserving convenient access and circulation, and adding ADA parking. Elements of the project include plans for a splash pad water feature, pedestrian plaza, and landscaped area.
Construction in the plaza area under the Grand Avenue Bridge still requires finishing work, including landscaping, water features, and lighting. That work originally began on May 21, 2018 with granite delivery and installation. Construction in that area, and in 7th Street itself, was suspended during the busy seasons of summer and fall 2018. The 7th Street Beautification project includes a sanitary sewer repair/replacement for a section of sanitary sewer that was damaged during the Grand Avenue Bridge project. Replacement of this line, which is west of the elevator building, will ensure that surface improvements will not need to be disturbed in the near future. The overall project also includes a granite or concrete festival street in 7th Street from Cooper to the Grand Avenue Bridge, a splash pad water feature, fountains under the bridge, and a pedestrian plaza and landscaped area east of the elevator building. The water features are not included in the bid award to be considered by Council on January 3. Those elements will be considered by Council at a later date in 2019.
Sanitary Sewer Improvements west of the elevator tower will be the first portion of the project and are anticipated to start on February 19, 2019. City Council awarded the construction bid to Gould Construction for the hardscape, landscaping, and sanitary sewer project. Sanitary Sewer improvements west of the elevator must take place in advance of other hardscape elements, and would begin as soon as weather allows in 2019. Construction is currently scheduled for March-August 2019.
7th Street will be closed to vehicle traffic from March 1 - July 2, 2019. 7th Street will then open to one lane of traffic from July 2 - August 29, 2019 (project completion).
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Business licenses automatically expire every two years at the end of odd-numbered years (Dec. 2019, Dec. 2021, etc.). This is to ensure that the City's business database is up to date with all active businesses.
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No Open Burn Permit will be issued between May 1st through November 1st.
Please see Open Burn Requirements & Permit for details.
Please see the Temporary Membrane Structure, Ten and Canopy Requirements for details
Please see Turning Performance Analysis for details.
Please contact Fire Protection Analyst, Greg Bak, at (970) 384-6433.
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The City of Glenwood Springs paid $3 million toward the project. Additionally, the City of Glenwood Springs and the Downtown Development Authority worked collaboratively with CDOT to ensure that details – such as brick, flagstone and ironwork – were integrated into the overall design for the vehicle and pedestrian bridges. These decorative details were designed with Glenwood Springs’ context and character in mind.
A project to enhance 7th Street along the Restaurant Row corridor by creating a destination pedestrian environment that will provide space for community events was also envisioned as a result of the Grand Avenue Bridge project. The enhanced 7th Street will improve the entryway to downtown from the historic train station, the south landing area of the pedestrian bridge over I-70 and the Colorado River, and the area underneath the new bridge. The first phase of the project is expected to start in 2018.
The City Hall drop box will continue to be available to receive documents and payments. Filing and payment deadlines falling on Fridays or weekends will be extended to the following Monday.
Many City employees plan to bike, walk, carpool, participate in the city vanpool, and ride the bus during the detour.
In coordination with RFTA, the City will be providing free, frequent shuttle bus service to and through town. Routes include West Glenwood Mall to the northern end of the Grand Avenue pedestrian bridge, Amtrak to the 27th Street BRT station, and the West Glenwood Park and Ride to the 27th Street BRT station. Visit www.rfta.com for additional information on routes and schedules.
The City is also encouraging the creation of employer-based and private vanpools. Registered vanpools of 6 or more will be issued permits that will allow access to preferred travel lanes. For information on vanpool registration, contact the vanpool registration system.
14th Street Pedestrian BridgeCity of Glenwood Springs’ officials on Feb. 16, 2017, celebrated the opening of a new Pedestrian Bridge that spans the Roaring Fork River. This project, which was partially funded with a $350,000 Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District grant, is one of many projects that the city is working on to assist with connectivity during the upcoming detour of the Grand Avenue Bridge. This new pedestrian bridge provides residents with a safe and efficient bike/pedestrian crossing across the Roaring Fork River, and improves access to the Glenwood Springs High School. This bridge was one of the city’s top 5 priorities identified in the long range Transportation Plan adopted in 2015.
West Midland TrailConstruction of the three-quarter-mile long trail segment of the West Midland Multi-Use Path from Lowe’s to the White Water Area is currently underway and is expected to open on June 15, 2017. The project, which includes a section of trail being constructed by RFTA, is intended to provide a safe route for pedestrians and cyclists from the Glenwood Springs Middle School to downtown Glenwood to use during the Grand Avenue Bridge detour in 2017 and beyond. City Council in August 2016 approved $1.79 million for the project, which is also partially funded by a Federal Mineral Lease District grant.
Bicycle WayfindingThanks to a $21,950 grant from the Federal Mineral Lease District, City crews in February installed new bicycle-specific wayfinding signage along the City's trails. The project, which is specifically referenced in the City’s Long Range Transportation Plan, is just one part of the City’s comprehensive efforts to improve wayfinding for residents and visitors. The signs provide wayfinding information to our various trail routes, as well as distance to landmarks. The FMLD grant funded the development of the sign placement framework, sign design, and an initial production run of approximately 70 signs.
E-assist bicyclesThe City is planning to allow limited use of e-assist bicycles on local paved and multi-use trails to make commuting a more viable option during the detour. The City is planning to allow public e-bike usage with the motor engaged on the River Trail/RGT, Midland and Atkinson Trails on a trial basis from August 1, 2017-April 30, 2018.
Bicycle and Trail MapThe City has developed a new bicycle route map that will be available on the City website as both a PDF download and an interactive map layer. The map shows recommended bike routes to and through town, including multi-use trails, bike lanes, sidewalk bike routes, and recommended on-road connections.
Bike ParkingThe City will be installing additional bicycle parking in the downtown area and near transit stops to facilitate additional bicycle travel. The City has introduced a bike rack request program that will allow individuals and businesses to request bike parking at specific destinations. City staff will review the request to ensure compliance with engineering requirements and install a rack at or near that location. A map of City bike racks will be made available on the City’s interactive Map viewer.
Education and InformationThe City is partnering with local advocacy groups to encourage bicycling to and from local events and educate bicyclists and other trail users regarding rules of the road. Volunteers will be distributing information at many City events and are available to give presentations to interested groups and businesses.
Public Lots on the East Side of Grand Avenue:City/DDA Parking Garage. Located at 9th Street and Cooper AvenueCooper Street Public Parking. Located next to the Glenwood Fire Station on Cooper Avenue between 8th & 9th Streets.
Public Lots on the West Side of Grand Avenue:Lot at 7th and Colorado. Behind the Italian Underground and Smoke Modern Barbeque.Lot at West End of 7th Street. This lot is located across from the park with the art installation featuring giant daisies.City Hall Public Parking. Located on 8th Street just west of the City Hall complex.After 6 p.m. Parking Options:Library/CMC Parking Structure. Beneath the library building are over 100 available spaces.Garfield County Courthouse. A lot along 7th Street that opens up after business hours.
Due to the proximity of Two Rivers Park to downtown, the City will not allow overnight parking at Two Rivers and will reserve some of the parking stalls within the parking for city vehicles and authorized vanpools. Boats and boat trailers will be directed to park at the Centennial lot.
Police and fire vehicles will be staged on either side of I-70/Colorado River in order to respond to emergencies.
Glenwood Police and Fire have purchased e-bicycles to aid in response times, allowing police and fire personnel to arrive on scene and stabilize/contain a situation until a patrol car/ambulance/fire engine can arrive on scene. These were purchased in part with the help of a generous donation from an anonymous donor.
These should never have found a way inside the sewer system! They cause maintenance nightmares and sewer backups.
Offer pre-tax payroll deductions and let the employees purchase bus passes or pay vanpool fares themselves.
Share the benefit and split the cost. You pay half the cost of the bus passes or vanpool fares and your employees pay the other half using pre-tax income.
For additional information, please visit the Commuter Choice website.
An accessory building is a detached subordinate building that is located on the same lot as the principal building, the use of which is incidental to the principal building or use of the lot. Accessory buildings cannot be used for living or sleeping quarters in a residential zone district.