Alameda will be closed at Santa Fe for four weekends, so say goodbye to the other side of the city for a while

They’re tearing down this bridge.

A defunct bridge over Alameda Avenue that's slated to be demolished, July 25, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

A defunct bridge over Alameda Avenue that's slated to be demolished, July 25, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Allan Tellis. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Starting this weekend, Alameda Avenue will be shut down for several weekends in a row as Denver Public Works removes a non-functional bridge that is near the Alameda and Cherokee Street intersection. Alameda will be closed from Santa Fe Drive to Cherokee Street on Saturdays and Sundays, reopening for weekday traffic on Monday mornings.

It’s scheduled to be closed Thursday through Sunday just once — August 9 through 12.

The bridge was originally constructed by the Denver Tramway company when trolleys dominated the Denver landscape. According to Heather Burke-Bellile, a spokesperson for DPW, they are tearing down the unused bridge in an effort to rehabilitate that section of the Alameda underpass to make it more pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly.

The closure dates are listed below, and as usual, the Denver Department of Public Works asks for your patience as they complete this construction project. I, Allan Tellis, wish you great patience as we make it through these tumultuous traffic times in our city. Also I ride a bike, so … good luck!

· Saturday, July 28 to Sunday, July 29
· Saturday, August 4 to Sunday, August 5
· Thursday, August 9 to Sunday, August 12
· Saturday, August 18 to Sunday, August 19

Closures will begin at 6 a.m. for the Saturday times, and the Thursday closure will start at 5 a.m.