Letter: Here’s your chance, Glenwood
Here’s your chance, Glenwood
Glenwood Springs needs an elevated Highway 82, running parallel with the east side of the Roaring Fork River from the Grand/Glen Avenue “Y,” over a new Colorado River bridge, to a reconstructed I-70 interchange. It’s been several years since the last cost estimate, but it was floating around in the neighborhood of $200 million.
Instead, the Colorado Department of Transportation wants a stunningly disruptive, and largely unproductive, reconstruction of the Grand Avenue Bridge — in large part because they have only $60 million to work with.
I don’t mind Doug Aden telling the community the state doesn’t have enough money for a bypass, but why doesn’t he tell them the difference could be made up with a regional transportation authority? For a fraction of what the valley spends on the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority (organized as a RTA), all highway users would benefit in a proportion about 30 to 40 times the number of bus riders.
The environment created by removing through-traffic from the middle of downtown Glenwood Springs would probably return the cost of bypass construction just in increased property values.
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