The Colorado Department of Transportation and Grand Avenue Bridge (GAB) project team announces that Colorado River put-in closures begin on Aug. 14.

“Shoshone, Grizzly Creek and No Name put-ins will be closed 24/7 beginning Aug. 14 for approximately 10 days,” said Tom Newland, CDOT Public Information Manager. “These closures are necessary to keep boater’s safe with the overhead work that will be in place to remove the current Grand Avenue Bridge.”

Permitted commercial guides with vehicle permits will be authorized to run triples from Shoshone to Grizzly Creek during this time. The Shoshone (Exit 123) and Grizzly Creek (Exit 121) rest areas will be closed during this time. These closures are round-the-clock until deconstruction is complete. For access to rest areas along I-70, use Bair Ranch (Exit 129) or No Name (Exit 119).

Beginning Friday, Aug. 11, the GAB team will host a daily 3 p.m. river status conference call.

Call-in number: 218-339-7800
Access Code: 230 0335
The hotline voicemail and project Facebook page will also be updated daily with the river status.

Steel Girder Erection (end-August to early-September)
At the end of August to early-September, crews will begin setting the remaining steel tub girders over the Colorado River. The girder erection schedule requires approximately ten continuous days of Colorado River put-in closures. Shoshone, Grizzly Creek and No Name put-ins will be closed to private river trips.

Permitted commercial guides with vehicle permits will be authorized to run triples from Shoshone to Grizzly Creek during this time. The Shoshone (Exit 123) and Grizzly Creek (Exit 121) rest areas will be closed during this time. These closures are round-the-clock until steel girders are set.

Safety Message
Remember to stay river right approaching the GAB. Crews have built the north and south causeways and the river is restricted approaching the bridge. During the put-in closures, flaggers will be managing traffic control. The Glenwood Canyon bike path will remain open during this time. Call or text 970-618-9897 before you float.

A Note to Visitors
Commercial rafting operations are open during these closures. Visitors using local companies can run the Shoshone rapids three times, taking a new line each time. During late August and September this section is often viewed as the best whitewater in the state – Glenwood Springs is open for business.