Blogger offers forum on bridge, access issues |

Blogger offers forum on bridge, access issues

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – An active civic volunteer already, Kathy Trauger has decided to take her community service a step further by starting a web-based forum on the hot topics of the day.

To start, Trauger’s new Our Town blog seeks to facilitate a dialog on the “big three” issues currently being debated in Glenwood Springs, the Grand Avenue bridge project, the Highway 82/Grand Avenue access control plan, and the ongoing debate about eventually building a highway bypass.

Trauger chairs the Glenwood Springs Planning and Zoning Commission and was recently appointed to the city’s Transportation Commission. She also sits on the Glenwood Victims and Law Enforcement Board.

She said she decided to start the blog ( as a way to provide an objective presentation of information about the issues, and to invite constructive comments.

“I am simply trying to sustain some dialog … and am willing to entertain any comments, guest blogs, anything that will keep the community talking and working together,” Trauger said.

“I would like to give folks a place to discuss the good, the bad and the ugly of living in our small town,” she writes in the introductory statement on her blog. “My hope is that there will be more good than bad, and very little ugly. … Nevertheless, I want to hear it.”

Trauger said she plans to post something new once a week, in addition to inviting comments from other citizens and officials involved in the various issues.

Glenwood Springs City Council members commented last week that the blog is a good place to direct comments about the bridge and related issues.

One of the Grand Avenue Bridge project officials, CDOT Program Engineer Joe Elsen, also welcomed the blog as a way to provide a “balanced” commentary on the intertwining issues.

“Certainly, traffic and how to handle vehicles and pedestrians are sensitive issues, and can be polarizing,” Elsen said. “I think she has done a good job of trying to take some of that emotion out of it, and is looking at things objectively.”

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