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Letter: Time for a bypass around Glenwood

Time for a bypass around Glenwood

Dear Editor:

A week ago, the Glenwood Springs Post Independent published my letter to the editor urging the people of Glenwood Springs, if they want a Highway 82 bypass, to get up off the couch, circulate a petition to schedule a vote on the issue and then stir up the voters to get out and vote.

Similarly, in this letter I am addressing the people of all the communities surrounding Glenwood Springs to get engaged with the question of whether to build a Highway 82 bypass around Glenwood Springs.

Not long ago, I measured the length of Highway 82 through Snowmass Canyon. This portion of the highway is fully divided and partially elevated between the Roaring Fork River and the hillside on the west. It is about five miles in length. If the Colorado Department of Transportation has been able to afford this sort of solution in a relatively uninhabited portion of Pitkin County, then surely it can afford the same sort of solution to bypass the city of Glenwood Springs. An elevated highway along the lower slopes of Lookout Mountain from Buffalo Valley to Interstate 70, and a tunnel from just south of Walmart to I-70 are both entirely feasible.

It is time to call a halt to all planning for the building of an unnecessary new Highway 82 bridge over the Colorado River, as has been proposed by the Colorado Department of Transportation. The money might have been allocated and authorized, but that does not mean that it should be spent on this foolhardy scheme. People trying to get home to Rifle and Gypsum or home to Carbondale, Basalt and Aspen should not have to drive through the heart of downtown Glenwood Springs.

James Breasted


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