At 22 acres in size, Two Rivers Park is the largest developed park in the Glenwood Springs area. In order to give nearby residents and tourists safe access and to expand the trail system, the City approved the installation of a pedestrian bridge.
Gould Construction, Inc. chose a 206-ft. x 10-ft. Continental® Truss Bridge to cross Interstate 70, parallel to Devereux Road. In addition, a 124-ft. x 10-ft. Continental Truss structure was utilized as a transition ramp to the pedestrian/bike path.
“We are proud of our involvement in improving safe pedestrian and bicycle access to the park,” stated Mark C. Gould, President and CEO of Gould Construction, Inc. “Prior to the bridge installation, people walked across the traffic bridge from the parking areas on the north side of the park.”
As required by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), the highway was closed while the bridge structure was placed. Because the installation took place in just one hour, traffic on Interstate 70 was re-routed for a minimal amount of time. The decking was postponed for three weeks due to unusually cold and snowy spring conditions causing a holdup during installation. But when the weather cleared up, the deck was poured in just a few hours, enabling the project to get back on track.
“The craftsmanship and quality of the bridge made Gould Construction’s job easy,” said Mark Gould Jr., Vice President of Operations for Gould Construction, Inc.
In addition, a Keystone® Retaining Wall System was utilized for grade separation at the approaches. Due to Gould Construction’s previous experience with Keystone, it was chosen as a great fit for this project.
The project was paid for in part by three Transportation Enhancement grants as well as monies received from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) through CDOT and a Colorado State Energy Impact Assistance grant from the Department of Local Affairs.