Enhanced 7th Street
Phase 1 of the 7th Street project as envisioned includes the reconstruction of 7th Street from the Grand Avenue Bridge to in front of the historic Amtrak Station (Glenwood Springs Train Station), and improvements to Cooper Avenue. Construction on the first phase of 7th Street is anticipated to start in 2017. When completed the project will:
- Benefit the community by creating a destination pedestrian environment, providing space for community events
- Improve connections to the Amtrak Station in front of the depot and a sloped ramp to the train queue
- Support four seasons of commercial activity
- Preserve convenient access and circulation
The city in October 2016 received a $400,000 Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District grant for this project. Read more...
In December 2016, the city was awarded a $400,000 State Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Grant. Read more...
27th Street BridgeCompletion of the design and environmental process to replace the 27th Street Bridge is anticipated in 2017. The approved 2017 Budget includes $1,202,854 in funding for the project, of which $620,828 is Federal Highway Administration off-system bridge funding.The goal of the ongoing design project is to provide a safe route, develop a solution that has improved traffic operations for the 20-year traffic volumes, maintain the Atkinson Trail and minimize impacts to traffic, pedestrians, utilities, the river, boaters, and adjacent land owners.
City Council took the next steps in the ongoing design project on Dec. 1, 2016, with the selection of the straight alignment for the 27th Street Bridge that was recommended by the Transportation Board and the public, following public meetings on the alternatives. The bridge slide alternative uses the existing straight bridge alignment and a roundabout intersection at South Grand Ave. and 27th Street. A pdf of design team AMEC Foster Wheeler's presentation from Nov. 16, 2016 is available at cogs.us/DocumentCenter/View/1528
14th Street Pedestrian Bridge
The under-construction 14th Street Bridge crosses the Roaring Fork River between 14th and 15th Street, and will provide residents of neighborhoods across the river with a safe, efficient, and ADA accessible bike/pedestrian crossing. The total project cost is approximately $2 million. The city received a $350,000 Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District grant for this project. The expected completion in late Spring/Early summer 2017.
South Bridge Environmental Assessment
The 2002 Coal Seam Fire forced the evacuation of areas south and west of Glenwood Springs, impacting more than 3,000 residents. A Federal Earmark for a South Bridge project was requested by Garfield County and awarded in 2005. In 2007, the City and County began an environmental assessment for the project. The City is working on the final environmental assessment document and anticipates its completion in 2017.
West Midland Multi-Use Trail
Construction of the three-quarter-mile long trail segment of the West Midland Multi-Use Path from Lowe’s to the White Water Park is currently underway and is expected to be completed in May of 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.
6th Street Master Plan
Over the next two years, 6th Street is expected to change dramatically as a result of the multi-million dollar Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) project to demolish and realign the Grand Avenue-State Highway 82 Bridge over the Colorado River. The goal of the planning effort, which kicked off in January 2016, is to anticipate public improvements that the Grand Avenue Bridge project will set in motion such as streetscape improvements, bike facilities, public parking, and neighborhood gathering areas. Construction of a new Grand Avenue Bridge and improvements to the adjacent I-70 interchange will dramatically change the character of north Glenwood Springs and 6th Street.
Beginning in January and continuing through December, 2016, the city and key stakeholders, including area property owners, businesses and residents, have been working with studioINSITE, a Denver-based urban planning & design firm, to create a future vision of the 6th Street corridor & the North Glenwood neighborhood.
The master planning study of the 6th Street corridor has reached its first milestone, with the draft document available for public comment. The City is accepting written comments through November 11, 2016. Please send your comments by email or to:
Gretchen Ricehill, Senior Planner
Community Development Dept.
101 W. 8th Street
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601