We don’t need a bridge | AspenTimes.com

We don’t need a bridge

Editor’s note: The following letter was originally sent to the Pitkin County commissioners.

Dear Editor:

We read in The Aspen Times on Friday that the Pitkin County trails board has decided to continue with the “bridge to the same place as the existing trail” on the Rio Grande Bike Trail in Woody Creek. It was mentioned that the proposal is to be brought to the Board of County Commissioners to be sure they are still in agreement.

It was also stated by Phil Holstein in the newspaper article that the residents of Woody Creek would be willing “to live with the bridge.” That couldn’t be further from the truth. The Woody Creek Caucus was unanimously opposed to the project. The issue is not just that there is disagreement with the size or design of the bridge, the issue is the waste of tax money on a bridge that is not needed. We are truly hoping the BOCC will take the appropriate stand against this unnecessary expenditure.

I know that some of the county commissioners have been onsite to see the very short distance that the bridge is meant to bypass. If you haven’t been to the site, please see it before you make your final decision. The trail is already in place and paid for previously. To put in the bridge at the cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars when the already planned paving of the trail and a warning sign would be just as effective is truly unacceptable.

We live at a time in history when we need to prove to ourselves, and our children, that we can indeed make good decisions with the money we take from taxpayers. That we can be thoughtful and responsive when proposals are made that are not necessary. That we can be responsible citizens and citizen representatives. Please ask yourselves if this bridge project is really what you want to hang your hat on or do you want to put your energy into better and safer roads.

Thank you for your time.

Valerie and Alfred Braun

Woody Creek

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