It took only three hours for Denver Transit Constructors to move three 127-foot girders into place for the Gold Line commuter rail bridge over Wadsworth Boulevard this past August.
At approximately 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 11, Wadsworth By-pass was closed at West 56th Avenue to Ralston Road to move the girders into place. Grandview Avenue and Teller Street were also shut down during this time.
A hand full of spectators came out and watched as the girders were taken off the trucks and placed onto the bridge.
Soon these community members, along with many others, will be able to take advantage of the 11.2-mile Gold Line commuter rail line that will connect Union Station in Downtown Denver to Wheat Ridge with three stops in Arvada, including Olde Town. The opening date is scheduled to be in 2016.
As work progresses along the transit line, the community should expect to see future lane closures along Wadsworth Boulevard and Grandview Avenue.
Xcel Energy finished relocating the gas line at Lamar Street, and the storm sewer construction work is well on its way. After that is completed, the contractors will move on to replacing two Wadsworth Ditch laterals across the tracks which will require the closure of Grandview Avenue at different locations and at times in the near future.