Company proposes mobile phone system through Glenwood Canyon |

Company proposes mobile phone system through Glenwood Canyon

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A public meeting will be held today for the public to learn about and comment on a proposal to build telecommunications infrastructure through the length of Glenwood Canyon.

The contiguous telecommunications infrastructure system would carry the signals of up to five wireless telephone service providers, and would enhance communications for emergency services.

Canyon Summits LLC, a division of the Prentice-Hall Corporation System, has proposed installing the wireless infrastructure by building shelters at the four rest areas in Glenwood Canyon: No Name, Grizzly Creek, Hanging Lake and Bair Ranch.

Next to the shelters, the company would erect towers designed to look like a tree to hold telecommunications signaling equipment. Additional repeaters would also be erected at locations between the rest areas to boost signals through the canyon.

In addition, Canyon Summits would replace several existing structures and maintenance areas that don’t fit with rest area designs.

“The plans developed by Canyon Summits endeavor to strike a balance between wireless coverage and protection of the aesthetic beauty of the canyon,” stated a press release issued by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT).

The proposal is under review by CDOT, the Federal Highway Administration and the U.S. Forest Service.

The meeting is set for 4-7 p.m. today at the Ramada Inn of Glenwood Springs, 124 W. Sixth St. Company officials and representatives of the state and federal agencies will be on hand to discuss the proposal and the review and permitting process.

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