27th Street Bridge
Construction activities for the 27th Street Bridge (also known as Sunlight Bridge) project will begin on Tuesday, January 2, 2019. Crews will begin with mobilization, temporary shoring, and erosion control on the east and west sides of the bridge. Motorists should anticipate traffic control with periodic lane closures and holds for construction access; delays are anticipated.
Work is expected to take place throughout 2019 for this project, which includes the traffic bridge, pedestrian bridge, and the roundabout. The current 27th Street Bridge and pedestrian bridge will remain open until the replacement of the bridges occurs in summer 2019. Pedestrian and river access will largely remain open; however, there will be periodic holds and some full closures for critical overhead work later in 2019.
Business access will remain open. Follow flagger instructions and construction signage. There will be daily lane closures on both sides of the bridge. Motorists should also expect delays for travel along South Grand Ave. between 23rd Street and 29th Street. (Please note that CO-82 switches from Grand Ave. to Glen Ave. south of 23rd Street).
Work hours are generally Mondays-Fridays, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Expect some weekend work (Saturdays and Sundays) and night work throughout the project.
In the summer of 2019, construction crews will build the new replacement bridge just south of the existing bridge. The old bridge will be deconstructed, and the new bridge will be slid into place. This technique, called a bridge slide, will minimize impacts to traffic, pedestrians, utilities, and river users while replacing the existing vehicle bridge. A new and separate pedestrian bridge also will be built to the north and all bridge piers will be removed from the Roaring Fork River.
(specific dates posted when available)
|Official Construction Project Start||January 2, 2019|
|Soil Nail Walls for Abutment (First Stage of Project)||Winter - Spring 2019|
|Pedestrian Bridge Set||Summer 2019|
|Traffic Bridge Closure and Slide of New Bridge||Late Summer 2019|
|Pier Removal from Roaring Fork River||Late Summer - Early Fall 2019|
|Landscaping and Aesthetic Applications||Fall 2019|
|Project Completion||Winter 2019|
City Council approved the 27th Street Bridge project design services during construction and construction management contract at the regular August 2, 2018 City Council meeting. Council awarded the bridge design services during construction contract to Wood and construction management contract to HDR.
City of Glenwood Springs officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking on November 14, 2018. Construction is set to begin in early 2019. Once construction begins, this project is currently anticipated to last for 12-18 months.
Construction will implement a bridge slide and minimize impacts to traffic, pedestrians, utilities, and river users. The new vehicle bridge will be built adjacent to the existing bridge and then slid into place. A new and separate pedestrian bridge also will be built, and all bridge piers will be removed from the Roaring Fork River.
The City received a $950,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and a $500,000 grant from the Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District for the Construction of the 27th Street Bridge. Total grant funding for the replacement of this bridge is $3.18 million with almost $2.6 remaining for construction. As of March 2018, $620,828 of the Off-System Bridge funding had been utilized in the design with $1.1 million remaining for construction.
Ninety percent construction plans are available at cogs.us/DocumentCenter/View/3673
A PDF of design team AMEC Foster Wheeler's presentation from Nov. 16, 2016 is available at cogs.us/DocumentCenter/View/1528
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