The new 27th Street Bridge in Glenwood Springs opened for use on Friday, according to the city. Meanwhile, work on the adjacent pedestrian bridge and roundabout continues.

“With the completion of the new traffic bridge we are going from one of the worst-rated bridges in the state to a completely new bridge,” said ­Jessica Bowser, assistant city engineer, in a prepared statement. “This would not be possible without the patience of our community, project neighbors and our funding partners.”

In a news release, Bowser thanked the Federal Highway Administration, the state Department of Local Affairs, the Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District, Garfield County and the city’s acquisitions and improvement tax for providing financial support for the project.

“This bridge will serve Glenwood Springs for years to come,” said Bryce Jaynes, Colorado division manager for Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction, the contractor.

“Thank you to all for your patience so far and for your continued patience as crews continue work on the pedestrian bridge and the roundabout. This is an important milestone for the project and the community and we still have a lot of work ahead,” Jaynes added.

Regarding the new pedestrian bridge, which is open with temporary connections, bicyclists should dismount for safe use until final connections are complete next week, the release says. However, there will be no access on Tuesday because of construction, the release states.

Meanwhile, the north leg of the 27th Street and South Grand Avenue intersection remains closed as crews make progress on roundabout construction. Business access is available via the north South Grand Avenue entrance at 23rd Street.