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Civil | GRANITE CONSTRUCTION - GRAND AVENUE BRIDGE
on the new bridge began
in 2016 and is on pace to be
completed by summer 2018.
Going to Town
A NEW BRIDGE WILL MAKE FOR A SMOOTHER ENTRY INTO A COLORADO SKI TOWN. BY TIM O'CONNOR
lenwood Springs, Colo., is a town
that relies on tourism. Located
about an hour from the famous
ski slopes of Aspen, the resort
community is busy year-round as vacationers seek out its hot springs, bike trails
and rafting rapids. The local economy is
intertwined with recreation, but with only
one major road through town, it's understandable that residents are skeptical of any
project that might drive visitors away.
In the 1990s, the Colorado Department
of Transportation (CDOT) tried to replace
the Grand Avenue Bridge - which spans
the Colorado River and I-70 to serve as the
only access point into downtown Glenwood
Springs from the north - but the plan was
defeated by local opposition. The need for a
replacement bridge has only grown in the
past two decades as the structure continued
to deteriorate. Determined to come up with
a project the public would support, CDOT
sought out a contractor that would engage
residents to lessen the impact of construction and detours on the community. It found
that partner in Granite Construction Inc.
"I think we were a good fit because we
have the knowledge and the understanding
of how to build a complicated project in
these downtown, urban landscape areas
where you have a lot more PI [public input]
and public perception guiding the project,"
Project Manager Pat Kalisz says.
Granite Construction, and its joint venture partner, Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction, hired a public relations firm to keep
the public informed and provide communication between the project and residents.
Meetings were held with community
groups and downtown businesses weekly
at first and then monthly as construction
progressed and the community became
more confident in the project. "As we've
Granite Construction -
Grand Avenue Bridge
* Project Budget: $76 million
* Location: Glenwood Spring, Colo.
* Employees on ite at peak: 125
* Scope: Bridge construction
"It's a joint venture at's more
of a team."
- Pat Kalisz, project manager
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