Grand Avenue Bridge

Posted on: July 10, 2017

Support emergency vehicles during Grand Avenue Bridge closure

During the Grand Avenue Bridge (GAB) detour, emergency services will be fully operational. Emergency services providers along the I-70 corridor and Roaring Fork Valley are working together to respond to your emergency in the quickest, most efficient way possible. They will accomplish this via a coordinated front of communication, utilizing expanded dispatch services, communications channels and new digital resources for emergency agencies. Additionally, police and fire vehicles will stage on both sides of I-70 and the Colorado River in order to best respond to emergencies.


If you or someone riding with you need help in an emergency, call 911 as early as possible.


Local law enforcement, fire/EMS, hospitals, and the Colorado Department of Transportation have been working together to enhance plans for emergency response during the Grand Avenue Bridge replacement, including the closure beginning August 14. The detour associated with the bridge closure will cause traffic delays throughout the Glenwood Springs area, impacting morning and evening commutes, and the ability of emergency vehicles, such as police and ambulances, to get to where they are needed.


To make it possible for these crucial services to get through, we will need the help of everyone on the road. While driving during the detour, it is extremely important to be on the lookout for, and be aware of emergency vehicles. If see or hear an emergency vehicle, pay attention, move over, and respond to any directions given, as seconds count.


In the event of extraordinary circumstances, like a wildfire or GAB Detour Route closure, a response from coordinating agencies will be activated. Emergency services personnel frequently utilize mutual aid, and are currently preparing for additional multi-agency responses, and will be fully operational.


Anyone needing to travel during such an emergency is encouraged to visit cotrip.org for real-time road condition updates. In the event of an I-70 closure, traffic will be stopped at Rifle and Dotsero, and detour routes will be evaluated.


If you experience a minor emergency while on the detour route, such as your car overheats, gets a flat tire, runs out of gas, or you are involved in minor fender bender, follow these steps:

  • Turn on your hazards to notify fellow motorists.
  • If it’s safe, merge to the shoulder.
  • Stay in your vehicle.
  • Call this non-emergency help line: 970-625-8095


Motorists in the entire valley will need to work together to ensure that our emergency service teams are able to get around during the detour. A plan is in place, but it will be up to you to remain alert and conscious of approaching emergency vehicles. Listen to any instructions that are given, and quickly follow them.

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