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The construction challenges are going to
become even more complicated in August
when the entire Grand Avenue bridge is
completely shut down for 95 days. "Right
now there are two ways to get to the city
and we are taking away one of those routes,"
Traffic will be rerouted onto a two-lane
city street. The project team is already raising awareness and trying to help residents
The pedestrian bridge will
contain all of the utilities
built into the original bridge.
develop strategies to cope with the inevitable delays as they enter town.
The three-month shutdown will be one
of the most difficult stretches, but Kalisz is
confident the people and messaging methods are in place to minimize the impact on
the community. "We've built a pretty good
rapport over the past year and I think for
the most part we've been able to work with
each other," Kalisz says of the team.
complete all the pours by the end of the
month. Work has also begun on the bridge
walls and realigning the approach to the
The project is a joint venture between
Granite and Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction Co. Kalisz says this is the third time
the companies have worked together in
the past 10 years.
Instead of each specializing in a specific
area, both companies divide the work
equally. "It's a joint venture that's more of
a team," Kalisz says. "It's not really 'you're
doing this and you're doing that.' We're
doing the whole project together."
The ease of that collaboration has been
an asset in tackling the geographical
challenges of the site. The bridge spans the
Colorado River, I-70, and two railroad lines,
creating several obstacles and a tight work
zone. Navigating those problems requires
clear communication and flexible scheduling between Granite, Wadsworth and their
subcontractors. Dispatch meetings are held
daily where the contractors and subs go
over their upcoming work and determine
the flow of activity on the site.
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