Grand Avenue Bridge in Store for Major Renovation
KREX News Room
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo.- The Grand Avenue bridge near downtown Glenwood Springs is in the early stages of a major facelift.
Engineers have rated the 60-year-old bridge as poor and with a sufficiency rating below 50, which makes it eligible for bridge replacement funds.
While the project began two years ago, the Colorado Department of Transportation won't begin construction on the bridge for another two years.
That's because officials conducting an in depth environmental assessment, which won't be completed until May of 2014.
Once that's finished, officials will begin designing the bridge.
The bridge replacement is being funded by the Colorado Bridge Enterprise, which is associated with FASTER transportation bill passed in 2009 to help improve Colorado roads and bridges.
"Before this legislation was enacted we only got about $3 million of bridge replacement money per year. This is about a $60 million project so it'd take 20 years of saving up," said Joe Elsen, Program Coordinator for the Colorado Department of Transportation.
This bridge is one of 150 bridges across Colorado that are rated as poor.
This will be the first major renovation to the bridge since it was expanded to four lanes back in the late 1960s.
While it is still too early to know for sure, Elsen's early estimate time of completion for the bridge is the end of 2017.