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Council to pursue bike bridge funding

Greg MassPost Independent Staff

GLENWOOD SPRINGS Devereux Road could have a new bicycle bridge connecting Two Rivers Park with Highway 6 & 24 by 2008. City Council voted 4-3 Thursday to apply for federal money that would be spent on a bicycle bridge and to install pedestrian sidewalks on the existing motor vehicle bridge that already crosses over the highway. The Devereux Road improvements edged out councils other possible choice, extending the city trail system from 23rd Street to Buffalo Valley along County Road 154. According to city transportation manager Melissa Laeser, only one of the two projects could be pursued, and theres no guarantee funding will come through even for the project thats chosen. If allocated, the $690,000 needed to complete the Devereux Road bridge would come from a mix of city money $150,000 and federal TEA-21 money $540,000. It would be allocated during the 2006-2008 fiscal years. To me, the biggest issue is a safety issue, City Councilman Bruce Christensen said. Christensen favored the extension of the Rio Grande Trail from 23rd Street to Buffalo Valley over the Devereux Road project.Others, however, said the safety issue is more critical on Devereux Road because there are no sidewalks on the existing bridge and it is more heavily used by kids. Also, the new bridge and sidewalks would link the West Glenwood Trail system with the citys river trail system. Glenwood Springs Mayor Larry Emery said although it was difficult to choose between the projects, either one would be beneficial. If youve got to make decisions, these are the ones I like because either ones a good thing, he said. In other business, City Council: Received the results of the citys Comprehensive Plan outreach meetings. Approved a license to encroach on City Hall property for soup maker Shane Eagan. Eagan plans to sell soup and bread out of a moveable cart outside City Hall. Heard a presentation on the 2003 downtown parking study. No new decisions were made on parking in the downtown core. Approved supporting the adoption of the Garfield County 2030 Transportation Strategies Plan. Appointed City Council members to various boards and commissions.Contact Greg Mass: 945-8515, ext.

Mayor Larry Emery: Financial Advisory Board, Fire Pension Board.Dan Richardson: Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, Valley Resource Management.Dave Merritt: Airport Committee, Colorado Municipal League, Club 20, Planning and Zoning Commission liaison, Ruedi Water and Power Board, Roaring Fork Transportation Authority covenant enforcement.Larry Beckwith: Transportation Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, Building and Contractors Licensing Board.Joe ODonnell: Downtown Development Authority, Victims Assistance Law Enforcement, Housing for Tomorrow.Chris McGovern: Transportation Commission, Financial Advisory BoardBruce Christensen: Parks and Recreation Commission, Rivers and Trails Commission, Roaring Fork Transportation Authority alternate.

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