The main entry into the the Roaring Fork Valley through Glenwood Springs , the Grande Avenue Bridge, has been taken down, making travel through Glenwood especially tedious and slow during rush hour travel times. Middle of the day is not picnic either. We suggest that you take Independence Pass to get into Aspen. Those of you with RVs longer than 34 feet will be turned back and fined a hefty sum , if you run into any of Colorado’s finest on the pass.
We have posted a similar message on facebook a month back, but thought we would do it again. Below is the official Aspen Chamber Resort press release on the matter. SAFE TRAVELS! ALLOW EXTRA TIME!
Glenwood Springs Bridge Closure
Heading to Aspen this summer or fall? Here are tips for managing the Glenwood Springs bridge closure due to construction. For additional information https://www.codot.gov/projects/sh82grandavenuebridge
Closed Monday, Aug. 14 for approximately 95 calendar days until Friday, November 17.
To completely avoid the construction, fly non-stop into Aspen, landing at the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE), located only 3 miles from downtown. Non-stop flights on 3 major airlines are serviced through this airport. Non-stop flights are available through construction from Dallas/Ft. Worth, Los Angeles, and Denver.
Driving over Independence Pass
From Denver, Colorado Springs, and Eastern Colorado
Take the scenic route:
I-70 West to State Highway 91 South through Leadville to US 24 South, then West onto Colorado Highway 82 over Independence Pass.
Independence Pass is currently open, and will remain open as late in the season as possible, however can close due to weather. Independence Pass Closure Alerts
*Vehicles over 35 feet in length are strictly prohibited from Independence Pass (and trust us, you wouldn’t want to take a vehicle that large over the curvy pass anyways).
Driving through Glenwood Springs
Avoid Peak Travel Times
Morning 6:30am-9am Evening 3:30pm-6:30pm
*Up to 1-hour delay expected
Take Glenwood Springs I70 exit 114 to Midland Ave. The detour will turn left onto 8th street, right onto Colorado Ave., left onto 9th street, then a right onto Grand Ave., which will continue into highway 82 into Aspen.
Highway 82 turns into Grand Ave in Glenwood Springs, with traffic reduced to one lane at 27th Street. The detour will turn left onto 8th street, and right onto Midland Ave. to I70 exit 114.
*Expect slower than normal speeds through the detour route
View Live Camera Feed of the Glenwood Springs Bridge from Lookout Mountain