Council agrees to protect Glenwood confluence area |

Council agrees to protect Glenwood confluence area

Glenwood Springs City Council, at its Thursday night meeting, unanimously approved a resolution aimed at protecting the Roaring Fork and Colorado river confluence area from future Highway 82 bypass development.

Council members said the non-binding resolution merely serves to kickstart the conversation about how to eventually mitigate traffic congestion on Grand Avenue in downtown Glenwood Springs, which also carries highway traffic through town.

“It’s more than a political statement,” Mayor Bruce Christensen said. “I think we’re showing some leadership in moving this discussion along.”

The resolution seeks to preserve the confluence area, which runs along the east bank of the Roaring Fork River from the existing wastewater treatment plant for about a three-block stretch. The area is envisioned for future mixed-use redevelopment, and a future roadway could be in conflict with that development, Christensen said.

Several citizens were opposed, saying no options for a bypass or alternate route should be taken out of consideration.

A full story on the resolution and related discussion will appear in the Monday edition of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent.

Glenwood Springs City Council concurred with a recent Garfield County commissioners’ decision to select option 10b as the preferred alternative for routing a future south bridge. The bridge concept continues to be studied but has no funding.

The alignment would run on Airport Road from the Midland Avenue/Four Mile intersection around the south end of the Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport and under a section of the runway to a bridge across the Roaring Fork River near the Holy Cross Energy building. It would pass between Holy Cross property and the Carter Jackson ranch to a new intersection at Highway 82.

A second alternative, 8b, would have brought the route across the river farther north near the existing Buffalo Valley restaurant and River View Baptist Church.

City Council voted 5-2 at its Thursday night meeting in favor of the 10b alternative, which will be further studied as part of a formal environmental assessment. A third option to not build anything remains part of the ongoing assessment.

The city of Glenwood Springs will cancel elections for all but the contested Ward 1 city council seat for the April 5 mail ballot election.

That means only registered active voters residing in Ward 1 will receive ballots to decide on the race between incumbent city councilman Russ Arensman and challenger Ted Edmonds.

Ward 1 takes in the area west of Grand Avenue from 7th Street to 14th Street, plus the Red Mountain and Midland Avenue neighborhoods.

Monday, March 7, at 5 p.m. is the deadline for qualified electors to register to vote and receive a ballot in the city election. Registration can be done at the Garfield County Clerk and Recorder’s Office, or on the Colorado Secretary of State’s website, at

As part of a resolution approved by city council Thursday, uncontested candidates in this year’s election will be automatically elected. That includes incumbent councilman Dave Sturges for the at-large seat, and newcomers Todd Leahy in Ward 3 and Mike Gamba in Ward 4.

Council also agreed to delay the date of its first regular meeting next month to April 14, when the new council members will be sworn in.

Two items that had been on the Glenwood Springs City Council agenda for the March 3 meeting were postponed until the regular March 17 meeting.

Scheduled discussion and/or action on a proposed golf driving range at the Wulfsohn Ranch park area near the community center was deferred because the proponent, Stephen VanDyke, could not be present.

Council also ran out of time at its Thursday meeting to take up a proposed ordinance establishing zoning regulations for medical marijuana operations in the city.

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