In January of 2016, construction began on the much anticipated new vehicular Grand Avenue Bridge and the new pedestrian bridge that together create a new gateway to the Roaring Fork Valley. After 5 years of planning, design and engineering, many alternatives were studied and discussed with the community.
As the process began, the DDA and the City Council began working on ideas and sketches for the Grand Avenue Bridge project to make sure that it fit with the uniques context of the community with carefull attention to detail.
The DDA, in support of City Council, will continue to work on the details making sure care is taken to make this an amazing addition for Glenwood Springs. This bridge truly is a Gateway Bridge, a gateway to the future, a future of new opportunities--opportunities to enhance the history and the environment of the unique and beautiful downtown and diverse Roaring Fork Valley.
Images courtesy of Colorado Department of Transportation
On the pedestrian bridge there are overlooks where pedestrians can pause and enjoy the beauty of our surroundings. There are clay tile roof structures much like the beloved train station. A brick clad elevator tower on 7th Street will welcome residents and visitors alike into downtown. All of the bridge’s piers, both the pedestrian and the vehicular bridges, are covered with flagstone, as are most of the site walls, as well as some of the bridge side walls. Columns, lighting and banners will complement the bridge barrier walls to add detail and scale. Iron railings with a beautiful historic pattern will adorn both bridges. Deliberate thought and study has gone into making these bridges truly structures that have grown out of the form, materials and colors of Glenwood Springs. They will be beautiful bridges, notable landmarks to be treasured for years to come.
Alongside CDOT’s staff and design team, the Project leadership Team (PLT,) the Issues Task Force (ITF,) and City staff, the DDA hired consultants to support the design effort to have this bridge grow out of the context of the downtown. The team carefully considered every detail to ensure these bridges would create a gateway of which to be proud.
New investment is coming into our downtown in anticipation of the years to come. There is new investment on 6th Street, on Grand Avenue, and throughout our downtown core. We continue to plant the seeds for a balanced and vibrant downtown.