What is the City doing to encourage pedestrian and bicycle travel during the Bridge Detour?
To encourage pedestrian and bicycle travel during the detour, the City has also worked to increase connectivity throughout the City:

14th Street Pedestrian Bridge
City of Glenwood Springs’ officials on Feb. 16, 2017, celebrated the opening of a new Pedestrian Bridge that spans the Roaring Fork River. This project, which was partially funded with a $350,000 Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District grant, is one of many projects that the city is working on to assist with connectivity during the upcoming detour of the Grand Avenue Bridge. This new pedestrian bridge provides residents with a safe and efficient bike/pedestrian crossing across the Roaring Fork River, and improves access to the Glenwood Springs High School. This bridge was one of the city’s top 5 priorities identified in the long range Transportation Plan adopted in 2015.

West Midland Trail
Construction of the three-quarter-mile long trail segment of the West Midland Multi-Use Path from Lowe’s to the White Water Area is currently underway and is expected to open on June 15, 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.

Bicycle Wayfinding
Thanks to a $21,950 grant from the Federal Mineral Lease District, City crews in February installed new bicycle-specific wayfinding signage along the City's trails. The project, which is specifically referenced in the City’s Long Range Transportation Plan, is just one part of the City’s comprehensive efforts to improve wayfinding for residents and visitors. The signs provide wayfinding information to our various trail routes, as well as distance to landmarks. The FMLD grant funded the development of the sign placement framework, sign design, and an initial production run of approximately 70 signs.

E-assist bicycles
The City is planning to allow limited use of e-assist bicycles on local paved and multi-use trails to make commuting a more viable option during the detour. The City is planning to allow public e-bike usage with the motor engaged on the River Trail/RGT, Midland and Atkinson Trails on a trial basis from August 1, 2017-April 30, 2018.

Bicycle and Trail Map
The City has developed a new bicycle route map that will be available on the City website as both a PDF download and an interactive map layer. The map shows recommended bike routes to and through town, including multi-use trails, bike lanes, sidewalk bike routes, and recommended on-road connections.

Bike Parking
The City will be installing additional bicycle parking in the downtown area and near transit stops to facilitate additional bicycle travel. The City has introduced a bike rack request program that will allow individuals and businesses to request bike parking at specific destinations. City staff will review the request to ensure compliance with engineering requirements and install a rack at or near that location. A map of City bike racks will be made available on the City’s interactive Map viewer.

Education and Information
The City is partnering with local advocacy groups to encourage bicycling to and from local events and educate bicyclists and other trail users regarding rules of the road. Volunteers will be distributing information at many City events and are available to give presentations to interested groups and businesses.

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1. Where can I get additional information and updates on the GAB project?
2. How is the City involved in the Grand Avenue Bridge Project?
3. What benefits will the Grand Avenue Bridge bring to the local community?
4. What is the City doing during the Bridge Detour to reduce peak-hour traffic?
5. What is the City doing to encourage pedestrian and bicycle travel during the Bridge Detour?
6. What parking will be available during the Bridge Detour?
7. How will local and regional emergency services function during the detour?