Grand Avenue Bridge
Helping visitors navigate their way to a great vacation in Glenwood Springs, Colorado
The Grand Avenue Bridge project in Glenwood Springs is the largest and one of the most exciting construction projects to take place on the Western Slope of Colorado in the last 25 years. Upon completion it will not only be a safe and effective corridor for vehicular travel with wider lanes and better traffic flow, but a welcoming gateway to Glenwood Springs and all it has to offer.
One of the most significant milestones in the bridge project was completed in April 2017. The Pedestrian Bridge connects downtown Glenwood’s shopping and dining district with North Glenwood where many of the town’s major attractions are located including the Glenwood Hot Springs, Yampah Vapor Caves, Iron Mountain Hot Springs and Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park. One of Colorado's most walkable towns is now even more accessible thanks to this pedestrian update and others. For visitors, using the Pedestrian Bridge, walking, cycling and taking City busses and free shuttles will simplify getting around throughout the remaining phases of the Grand Avenue Bridge construction.
From August 14 through mid-November, the most transformative and ambitious aspect of the project gets underway – the replacement of the current 64-year-old vehicular bridge with the new curved alignment platform. While the bridge will be closed to traffic, Glenwood Springs will still be bustling, welcoming visitors in friendly fashion as usual. In fact, with beautiful weather and gorgeous fall colors, autumn is one of the best times to visit Glenwood Springs.
During the bridge closure, a detour will direct vehicles along an alternate route through town. Depending on where you are overnighting in Glenwood Springs, here are some tips for navigating around town.
Hotels in south Glenwood Springs, at Glenwood Meadows & Exit 114: Drive through the detour and, if possible, time your arrival and departure to avoid commuter traffic patterns, generally weekdays from 6:30 – 9 a.m. and 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. After arrival, hop aboard the City’s free shuttle service to get to attractions and other destinations. A sample of hotels in this area includes: The Hotel Denver, Caravan Inn, Cedar Lodge, Frontier Lodge, Courtyard by Marriott, Residence Inn by Marriott, Quality Inn and Suites, and Glenwood Suites.
Hotels in North & West Glenwood Springs: Glenwood’s main exit, Exit 116 will remain open during the bridge project. It is not necessary to take the detour route to reach these locations, even so, walking, cycling and taking the free shuttle service are highly recommended after arrival. A sample of hotels in this area includes: The Hotel Colorado, Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge, Holiday Inn Express, and others located along Highway 6.
For the latest updates and information, check the resources below:
- Grand Avenue Bridge detour map.
- Free City Shuttles. During the detour shuttle buses will pick-up on 15-minute intervals between the West Glenwood Mall and the north end of the Grand Avenue Pedestrian Bridge from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be a corresponding free bus service on the south side of the Pedestrian Bridge between the train station on Seventh Street and the 27th Street RFTA Bus Station. Download the schedule.
- If you are visiting the Hot Springs Pool while you are here, please check their website for updated parking information.
- For the construction information, visit www.cdot.gov and follow the progress on their Facebook page.
- Bridge news and updates from the City of Glenwood Springs.
- Stop by the Glenwood Springs Visitor Center in person to ask questions and get answers about Glenwood Springs.
- Learn about the bridge with this fact sheet.
- Check CoTrip, for traveler information on Colorado interstates and highways.
Thank you for choosing Glenwood Springs as your Colorado vacation destination, we appreciate all of our visitors and wish you a relaxing, fun-filled vacation in our water-centric community.