Downtown Glenwood Springs To Undergo Major Changes
KREX News Room
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo.- The downtown area of Glenwood Springs will be under construction until at least the year 2016.
A new parking garage, an avenue that's pedestrian friendly, and a new bridge encompasses some of the major projects.
The City of Glenwood Springs and the Downtown Development Authority have been working hard to make sure several new infrastructures come to fruition.
"We're trying to address a need, and then also help out our businesses, help out our tourists. A place to put their cars, leave their cars there for the day, and get out and enjoy downtown Glenwood Springs," said Todd Leahy, city council member.
Some projects include a new parking garage, and a new look for Cooper Avenue.
"Wider sidewalks, more trees, more landscaping, hopefully more pedestrian areas to sit," said Leahy.
Another improvement involves an estimated 60 million dollar project to replace the Grand Avenue Bridge.
"The lanes are too narrow, it's getting older, it's time for a replacement," said Leahy.
Garfield County Commissioners have helped out by giving $800,000 to fund some of these projects.
"Very thankful for Garfield County Commissioners for helping us finish this project," said Leahy.
Cooper Avenue is expected to be completed in the fall of 2013. The new bridge construction is expected to begin in 2014.
Officials say the new bridge is alternative route number three. The new route, officials say, will go behind many of the businesses on Sixth Street and be much wider than the current bridge.
"It's nice to see new stuff show up, especially in a tough environment," said Leahy.