No new airport access
September 11, 2009
The Eagle County commissioners have asked the Pitkin County commissioners to support their request for $70 million of stimulus (taxpayers) money to fund the construction of a new interchange along I-70 to provide a new access to the Eagle airport. This is the biggest boondoggle in the recent history of expenditure of scarce highway money, even worse than the $11 million to be spent building three roundabouts at the I-70/Edwards interchange.
The airport is adequately served by interchanges at Eagle and Gypsum.
If the Pitkin County Commissioners were of a mind to support anything, here are some suggestions:
1. Funding for a new route for SH 82 through Glenwood Springs. If a disaster were to strike the bridges at Glenwood Springs, the only accesses to the upper Roaring Fork valley would be over Independence or McClure passes.
2. Four-laning of old US 6 from Dowd Junction to Gypsum, which would serve many more people than a new interchange for the airport.
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With the prospect of even less money for highway improvements in the future, every request not related to improved safety should be scrutinized carefully.