City streets at a fork in the road with 2E and 2F
The outcome of two questions on this November’s ballot could shape the future of streets and highways in Glenwood Springs. The two questions go together: One of them, Question 2E, asks Glenwood Springs voters if a 1/4-cent sales tax earmarked for city street improvements should be renewed along with an additional 1/4-cent sales tax that would go toward generating an environmental impact study for the corridor along the Roaring Fork River. In all, the question asks for a 1/2-cent tax.That Roaring Fork River route has been eyed as an alternative place to put Highway 82. Supporters say such a move could put Grand Avenue back under the city’s control. The money could also fund smaller projects, such as a connection between the part of Eighth Street near City Hall and the Eighth Street Bridge that crosses the Roaring Fork River near its confluence with the Colorado River. The money could also help fund a bridge south of the city. In all, the two 1/4-cent sales taxes would generate about $1.8 million per year, and the sales tax would last until 2025. The other question, 2F, would allow the city to borrow from these anticipated revenues by bonding up to $12 million with a maximum repayment cost of up to $22.25 million. Floyd Diemoz, a supporter of the two measures, wrote a letter detailing why he is in favor of the sales taxes. “The vast majority of our citizens know that the ever-increasing buildup of Grand Avenue traffic is destroying the viability of the core of our town. Even if a final plan for the relocation of Highway 82 were to be finalized today, it could take 20 or more years to complete,” Diemoz wrote.Glenwood Springs Downtown Development Authority interim director Bob Zanella also pointed out that by paying for these proposed improvements with a sales tax, about 75 percent of the money would come from tourists who visit the city.”Safe and convenient traffic movement is a matter of quality of life, health and safety for the residents of Glenwood. Our dilemma affects far more than businesses on Grand Avenue, it affects all of Glenwood’s citizens and all valley communities from Aspen to Parachute,” Diemoz wrote. “Safe and convenient traffic movement is a matter of quality of life, health and safety for the residents of Glenwood. Our dilemma affects far more than businesses on Grand Avenue, it affects all of Glenwood’s citizens and all valley communities from Aspen to Parachute,” Diemoz wrote.
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